Pop piano 3
Time: 15:45 - 17:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME620
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
Develop your playing and the keyboard harmony from Pop piano 1 and 2. Improve your rhythmic response and coordination between hands. Find ways to play songs and add keyboard parts, and provide piano accompaniment to the singer(s) of songs.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Rehearsal of practice rountines involving chords I-VII in major keys
- Cycle of fifths - exercises in all keys
- Patterns and typical rhythms
- Improvisation - taking short solos
- Common chord progressions
- Playing by ear; reading chord charts and learning songs
- Harmony in a minor key and modal harmony.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Read and interpret chord symbols with confidence
- Increase your repertoire of songs, including ability to transpose
- Improve your arrangements/chord voicing/bass line invention, inclusion of passing notes
- Understand harmony as applied to pop songs in a range of grooves and styles
- Learn to operate within styles like rock ballad, reggae, funk.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed Pop piano 2, and show competence at that level, particularly the ability to play all chords and modes found in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A and E major. You will be able to copy notated examples in class, and read musical samples provided by the tutor.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Mostly the class will play together at your own pianos. Some solo playing, some duets. Backing tracks may be used. Listening to musical examples, discussion, homework assigments and regular practice.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All music resources are supplied in the Google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can repeat this course, or progress to Jazz piano 1.
Angèle Veltmeijer is a multi-instrumentalist who plays flute, clarinet, saxophone and keyboards. She enjoys playing a wide variety of musics, from folk to jazz and circus to West African highlife. She has performed and toured in Europe and Africa, playing in venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to many local venues. She has played live and recorded with Ivy Benson, Orchestra Jazira, Brian Kennedy, Annie Whitehead, Jimmy Somerville, Carol Grimes, Bessa, Alfred Karri Bannerman, Bob Graham, and Big Bands including lead alto in Morley College jazz orchestra, Studio 9 Orchestra, Sussex Jazz Orchestra, Brighton Big Band. Her own ensembles include Angèle Veltmeijer Quartet and Angel’s Horns. Angèle composes and arranges, and her music has been played and recorded by several of the line-ups she has been associated with. Angèle learned to play the saxophone at City Lit with Kathy Stobart whose firm yet compassionate teaching has remained an inspiration. Angèle enjoys passing on the thrill of making music. At City Lit she has taught saxophone, flute, jazz and pop piano, musicianship, jazz improvisation and transcription.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.