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The perfect avenue for motivating elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!
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  • Creative Chords Book 1 and 2
    Creative Chords Book 1 and 2 - Hard copy ()
    Hard Copy Book
    9" x 12", spiral binding, 120 (book 1) and 130 (book 2) color pages

    Creative Chords is a unique series designed to teach students who have mastered late – elementary keyboard skills how to improvise! Bradley Sowash demonstrates how to play well – known melodies by ear, improvise embellishments and variations, add chords and accompaniment styles, and create full – sounding arrangements based on their own tastes and preferences. Teachers, even those with a limited background in improvisation, will agree this is a must-have for balancing the ear and the eye for playing today’s music!

    The Kjos Interactive Practice Studio (IPS) technology provides access to orchestrated accompaniments (“backing tracks”), select video lessons with the author, additional detailed information/downloads, and more through a code printed on the last page of each book. 

    How this series is different

    By teaching reading and improvising side-by-side, Creative Chords balances the eye and the ear. Like other piano methods, you can expect to learn well-known tunes and delightful originals by reading written music. But Creative Chords takes learning to play the piano much farther by giving you the tools to “do your own thing.” 

    Students learn to:

    • Play familiar tunes both by reading and by ear.  
    • Personalize melodies and improvise variations.
    • Interpret pop/jazz chord symbols.
    • Apply stock accompaniments in a variety of styles.

    Prior experience improvising or playing jazz, blues, or popular music styles is not necessary. Only basic reading skills are needed.

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    $29.98
  • Creative Chords - Book 1 - Hard copy ()
    Hard Copy Book
    9" x 12", spiral binding, 120 color pages 

    Creative Chords is a unique series designed to teach students who have mastered late – elementary keyboard skills how to improvise! Bradley Sowash demonstrates how to play well – known melodies by ear, improvise embellishments and variations, add chords and accompaniment styles, and create full – sounding arrangements based on their own tastes and preferences. Teachers, even those with a limited background in improvisation, will agree this is a must-have for balancing the ear and the eye for playing today’s music!

    The Kjos Interactive Practice Studio (IPS) technology provides access to orchestrated accompaniments (“backing tracks”), select video lessons with the author, additional detailed information/downloads, and more through a code printed on the last page of each book.

    Sample video from Creative Chords 
    Interactive Practice Studio (IPS)



    How this series is different

    By teaching reading and improvising side-by-side, Creative Chords balances the eye and the ear. Like other piano methods, you can expect to learn well-known tunes and delightful originals by reading written music. But Creative Chords takes learning to play the piano much farther by giving you the tools to “do your own thing.” 

    Students learn to:

    • Play familiar tunes both by reading and by ear.  
    • Personalize melodies and improvise variations.
    • Interpret pop/jazz chord symbols.
    • Apply stock accompaniments in a variety of styles.

    Prior experience improvising or playing jazz, blues, or popular music styles is not necessary. Only basic reading skills are needed.

    Compare to:
    Creative Chords is a comprehensive (theory, reading, technique, improvising...) method book designed for late beginners. It is a multi-style. multi-key, step-by-step approach that progresses slowly and thoughtfully. Theoretically, one could learn to play the piano with only this series on a desert island.

    By contrast, That's Jazz is very specific to the jazz genre and is intended as a supplement to traditional methods. It progresses quickly technically since it is understood to be used with other books and approaches.
     
    Bradley's note to teachers
    Though I'm known as a "jazz" performer and educator, this series does note aim to teach your students jazz, or pop, or any other specific style. My goal is to help you teach your students to make their own music, whatever style that might be, because the skills they use to make their own music are primary musicianship skills, not secondary. That's why this series is multi-key and multi-style with a unique emphasis on creativity. I know some teachers will use it as a supplement but I wrote it as a comprehensive method including technique, reading, improvising, theory with review "tests" at the end of each unit. My aim to make it the centerpiece of a curriculum on par with the other famous methods. 

    Teacher Feedback:
    My students are learning creativity, chords, theory, and improvisation from the very beginning. I am excited about using "Creative Chords" by Bradley Sowash.  I showed the IPS app to the parents, and they were impressed. Thank you for taking the time to make such a great resource! - Kay Lowry http://www.kaylowry.com

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    I just wanted to pass along something one of my students said yesterday.  She is one of my students living in France, and we have lessons via FaceTime.  She is a challenge because her reading is not great and we do a lot of rote teaching.  This year I have started focusing more on chords and practical skills, and it is working out well.  She is motivated and now practices scales, arpeggios and progressions enthusiastically and as a matter of course — which is a big change from before.  She also tends to get hung up on rhythm (i.e. keeping a steady pulse), but we haven’t found it possible to do much ensemble work together because of the time lag that usually exists.

    I started her in Creative Chords a few months ago and she is really enjoying it.  I finally got her to download the Kjos interactive app, and last week was her first week using the backing tracks.

    Normally she is very scattered, and we spend the first 5-10 minutes of EVERY lesson tracking down a pencil, assembling her music, which is scattered all over the room, calling her sister to help find things……. but by golly, when we got to her CC assignment, she not only had her iPad close by, but it was already cued up with the app.  Before I could even ask, she turned to me with a big smile on her face, and said, ‘I LOVE this!’

    And even though it is hard for her, she is going for it.

    So hey.  There ya go!
    Cheers,
    Kathleen Gault NCTM 

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    Review excerpts:

    American Music Teacher, Aug/Sep 2016
    Creative Chords by Bradley Sowash is a keyboard improvisation method for late-elementary/intermediate levels... Sowash incorporates what he calls P-L-A-Y steps which include: Preparing, or noticing details ahead of time; Learn-playing the music exactly as written; Adding chords and accompaniment rhythms; and playing Your Way, or adding improvisation.

    The book includes good music theory and technique prep in the keys of C, G and F major along with familiar and original tunes. Even my students who had been playing scales and chords for years were challenged with Sowash’s “scaling the chords” exercise where the student plays pri- mary chords in the left hand while playing the scale up and down with some twists and turns in the right hand. This is exactly the same technique called for when improvising.

    My students liked how clearly the needed technique and theory skills were introduced before each piece. The layering steps of adding full chords, simple accompaniment rhythms and short improvised fills were a seamless progression even for those hesitant to be creative. Adults wanting to test the waters with improvisation may also enjoy this method. As a teacher, I found myself encouraging more students to play popular music “Their Way.” —Reviewed by Wendy McGee, NCTM, Huntsville, Alabama

    Clavier Companion Jan/Feb 2016
    Have you always wanted to incorporate more improvisation into your students’ piano studies, but just aren't sure how to get started? If so, Bradley Sowash’s Creative Chords provides a fun, easy, and progressive method for doing so. It is written for students who are at least at a late elementary level; Sowash states it is designed for self-learners, but encourages students to study with a professional teacher while using the method. The book is organized into five units, each including a few principles of improvisation (for example, melodic variation, repeated notes, and fills), theory tools (triads and scales), and pieces to play and improvise upon. Most of the repertoire selections are well-known traditional tunes such as “Camptown Races,” “Bingo,” “Simple Gifts,” and “Frère Jacques.”

    A unique feature of this book is that each copy comes with an access code for downloading an Interactive Practice Studio (IPS) that supplements the method. The IPS provides backing tracks for every piece and for most of the exercises in the book, providing students with fuller ensemble sounds to accompany their playing. There are also numerous video lessons and demonstrations by the author, documents with printable worksheets and in-depth information on various topics, answer keys for each unit’s review questions, and a Personal Studio in which students can create, safe, and share recordings of their improvisations. There is also a digital version of the book; students can page through this version and select correlating video lessons and documents.
     
    Over all, this method has many strengths, including its logical, gradually paced approach. Video lessons by the author are engaging and encouraging, and the many backing tracks greatly enhance students’ experiences with improvisation. The method is inviting, and includes plenty of helpful resources. In addition many of the pieces have printed optional duet parts, a welcome addition for teachers who don’t want to spend less and time fussing with technology.

    ...Students and teachers who want an improvisational method will find Sowash’s book effective and appealing. The book will greatly increase student knowledge of and confidence in improvising. - Suzanne Schons 
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    $14.99
  • Creative Chords - Book 2 - Hard copy ()
    Hard Copy Book
    9" x 12", spiral binding, 130 color pages

    Creative Chords is a unique series designed to teach students who have mastered late – elementary keyboard skills how to improvise! Bradley Sowash demonstrates how to play well – known melodies by ear, improvise embellishments and variations, add chords and accompaniment styles, and create full – sounding arrangements based on their own tastes and preferences. Teachers, even those with a limited background in improvisation, will agree this is a must-have for balancing the ear and the eye for playing today’s music!

    The Kjos Interactive Practice Studio (IPS) technology provides access to orchestrated accompaniments (“backing tracks”), select video lessons with the author, additional detailed information/downloads, and more through a code printed on the last page of each book. 


    How this series is different

    By teaching reading and improvising side-by-side, Creative Chords balances the eye and the ear. Like other piano methods, you can expect to learn well-known tunes and delightful originals by reading written music. But Creative Chords takes learning to play the piano much farther by giving you the tools to “do your own thing.” 

    Students learn to:

    • Play familiar tunes both by reading and by ear.  
    • Personalize melodies and improvise variations.
    • Interpret pop/jazz chord symbols.
    • Apply stock accompaniments in a variety of styles.


    Prior experience improvising or playing jazz, blues, or popular music styles is not necessary. Only basic reading skills are needed.

    Compare to:
    Creative Chords is a comprehensive (theory, reading, technique, improvising...) method book designed for late beginners. It is a multi-style. multi-key, step-by-step approach that progresses slowly and thoughtfully. Theoretically, one could learn to play the piano with only this series on a desert island.

    By contrast, That's Jazz is very specific to the jazz genre and is intended as a supplement to traditional methods. It progresses quickly technically since it is understood to be used with other books and approaches.
    Bradley's note to teachers
    Though I'm known as a "jazz" performer and educator, this series does note aim to teach your students jazz, or pop, or any other specific style. My goal is to help you teach your students to make their own music, whatever style that might be, because the skills they use to make their own music are primary musicianship skills, not secondary. That's why this series is multi-key and multi-style with a unique emphasis on creativity. I know some teachers will use it as a supplement but I wrote it as a comprehensive method including technique, reading, improvising, theory with review "tests" at the end of each unit. My aim to make it the centerpiece of a curriculum on par with the other famous methods. 
    Add to Cart
    $14.99
  • That's Jazz Method Book 1 - Getting Into It - Hard copy ()
    The best selling jazz piano method in the world.

    40 pages & CD

    Late Beginner - early intermediate

    That's Jazz is the perfect avenue for motivating elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

    Compare to:
    Creative Chords is a comprehensive (theory, reading, technique, improvising...) method book designed for late beginners. It is a multi-style. multi-key, step-by-step approach that progresses slowly and thoughtfully. Theoretically, one could learn to play the piano with only this series on a desert island.
     
    By contrast, That's Jazz is very specific to the jazz genre and is intended as a supplement to traditional methods. It progresses quickly technically since it is understood to be used with other books and approaches.

    Listen to audio samples

    Teaching/Learning Tips for Book 1
    6 videos - After starting, click the "playlist" button in the upper right corner to navigate.

    Reviews:
    When students are exposed primarily to classical piano literature, they generally do not develop the ability to play and sight read jazz-oriented rhythms.  This series would be an excellent supplement to any traditional piano curriculum, and teenagers who are interested in jazz could learn a great deal from it.  Going through each of these books would also be an enjoyable way for teachers and adults to become more skilled in the area of jazz.  Anyone who plays these pieces will enjoy the authentic jazz sound of the melodies and harmonies as well as the complex rhythms.  – American Music Teacher

     The series is a top quality resource for beginning improvisors who are comfortable with eighth notes. The most important contribution that Sowash makes in Getting Into It - and he begins making it almost immediately - is stating that jazz is about self-expression thru improvisation and then following up in each of the eight lessons with opportunities for beginning to express what you personally are feeling about this tune at this moment...In effect Sowash is presenting a way of making music which is based on personal resources and feelings, rather than on playing music, including transcriptions of someone else's creativity, exactly as written. Sowash compares improvising to a conversation in which you apply what you believe are appropriate resources to that particular context. - Piano World
     
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    $9.95
  • That's Jazz Performance Book 1 - Get Your Groove On - Hard copy ()
    More great tunes to supplement the best selling jazz piano method in the world.

    Late beginner to intermediate

    More fantastic elementary jazz tunes from the pen of Bradley Sowash! That’s Jazz Performance: Books 1, 2, and 3 correlate with the popular That’s Jazz method for beginning and intermediate jazz piano, and provide additional opportunities for students to use their new improvisational skills. Each tune includes an optional duet part while downloadable demonstration tracks and suggestions for MIDI keyboard enhancements make practicing even more fun! Going Further pages build on improvisation skills from That’s Jazz and encourage further creative exploration. Students with an interest in jazz will love these books whether used as stand-alone repertoire or as a supplement to That’s Jazz.

    Each tune in these books correlates to a preparatory tune in the companion That’s Jazz method books. Whether learning through individual study or with a teacher, it is strongly recommended that serious jazz students master each preparatory tune before studying the correlating tune in these books. Each tune includes enhanced repeats, optional duet parts, chord symbols, and more. Demonstration tracks (available for download at www.kjos.com) and suggestions for MIDI keyboard enhancements make practicing great fun! Going Further pages continue to build improvisation skills and encourage creative exploration.

    31 pages 

    Contents:
    I’m Feelin’ Sad (But It’s Gettin’ Better)
    Get Your Groove On
    Reggae Nights
    I Gotta Penny
    Surf Bored
    Triple Threat
    This Guy’s Disguised
    Moovin’ and Groovin’


    Listen and download free backing tracks
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    $7.95
  • That's Jazz Christmas Book 1 - Hard copy ()
    Holiday tunes to supplement the best selling jazz piano method in the world.

    Late Beginner 

    Correlates with the popular That’s Jazz method providing additional opportunities for students to use their new improvisational skills.

    That’s Jazz Christmas books are an exciting addition to this popular series. The composer includes favorite holiday melodies arranged in a variety of contemporary styles at the late elementary to intermediate levels. Each tune includes an optional duet part with downloadable demonstration tracks.

    Free Backing Tracks

    Contents:
    Fum, Fum, Fum
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    Jingle Bells
    Joy to the World
    O Christmas Tree
    Over the River
    Sing We Now of Christmas
    Up On the Housetop
    We Wish You a Merry Christmas

    By: Bradley Sowash
    Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Music Company 
    Illustrations: Stephen Elford 
     
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    $7.95
  • That's Jazz Method 1 - Backing Tracks ()
    Downloadable MIDI files in a zipped folder

    That's Jazz is the perfect avenue for motivating elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

    MIDI accompaniments for That's Jazz, Book 1 (Method Book) by Bradley Sowash.

    Tunes:
    Blue Note Special
    Burrito Cha Cha
    Groovy Shoes
    Spare Change
    Spring Fever
    Swing Out
    Triple Treat
    Truckin’

    Correlates with That's Jazz books.
    Add to Cart
    $9.95
  • That's Jazz Performance 1 - Backing Tracks ()
    Downloadable MIDI files in a zipped folder

    That's Jazz is the perfect avenue for motivating elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

    MIDI accompaniments for That's Jazz, Performance Book 1 by Bradley Sowash

    Tunes:
    Get Your Groove On
    I Gotta Penny
    I'm Feelin' Sad
    Moovin and Groovin
    Reggae Nights
    Surf Bored
    This Guy's Disguised
    Triple Threat

    Correlates with That's Jazz books.
    Add to Cart
    $9.95
  • That's Jazz Christmas 1 - Backing Tracks ()
    Downloadable MIDI files in a zipped folder

    That's Jazz is the perfect avenue for motivating elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

    MIDI accompaniments for That's Jazz, Christmas Book 1 by Bradley Sowash.

    Tunes:
    Fum, Fum, Fum
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    Jingle Bells
    Joy to the World
    O Christmas Tree
    Over the River
    Sing We Now of Christmas
    Up On the Housetop
    We Wish You a Merry Christmas

    Correlates with That's Jazz books.
    Add to Cart
    $9.95
  • That's Jazz Method Book 2 - Digging Deeper - Hard copy ()
    Hard Copy Book
    48 pages & CD

    Late Intermediate

    That's Jazz is the perfect avenue for motivating elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

    That's Jazz if for you if:
    You want to get into jazz for the first time. You want to play music by ear. You want to learn how to improvise. You just want to have fun playing jazz tunes! You want to learn skills that will help you become a jazz pianist!

    Compare to:
    Creative Chords is a comprehensive (theory, reading, technique, improvising...) method book designed for late beginners. It is a multi-style. multi-key, step-by-step approach that progresses slowly and thoughtfully. Theoretically, one could learn to play the piano with only this series on a desert island.
     
    By contrast, That's Jazz is very specific to the jazz genre and is intended as a supplement to traditional methods. It progresses quickly technically since it is understood to be used with other books and approaches.


    Listen to audio samples

    After starting, click the "playlist" button in the upper right corner to navigate.
    Add to Cart
    $9.95
  • That's Jazz Performance Book 2 - Walk the Talk - Hard copy ()
    Hard copy book
    31 pages

    Late Intermediate

    More fantastic elementary jazz tunes from the pen of Bradley Sowash! That’s Jazz Performance: Books 1, 2, and 3 correlate with the popular That’s Jazz method for beginning and intermediate jazz piano, and provide additional opportunities for students to use their new improvisational skills. Each tune includes an optional duet part while downloadable demonstration tracks and suggestions for MIDI keyboard enhancements make practicing even more fun! Going Further pages build on improvisation skills from That’s Jazz and encourage further creative exploration. Students with an interest in jazz will love these books whether used as stand-alone repertoire or as a supplement to That’s Jazz.

    Each tune in these books correlates to a preparatory tune in the companion That’s Jazz method books. Whether learning through individual study or with a teacher, it is strongly recommended that serious jazz students master each preparatory tune before studying the correlating tune in these books. Each tune includes enhanced repeats, optional duet parts, chord symbols, and more. Demonstration tracks (available for download at www.kjos.com) and suggestions for MIDI keyboard enhancements make practicing great fun! Going Further pages continue to build improvisation skills and encourage creative exploration.

    Contents:
    Jamaican Jam
    Day Dream
    Already All Right
    Rock Solid
    Old Blue
    Walk the Talk
    Coyote Rock

    Audio Sample
    Add to Cart
    $7.95
  • That's Jazz Christmas Book 2 - Hard copy ()
    Hard Copy Book

    Intermediate


    Correlates with the popular That’s Jazz method providing additional opportunities for students to use their new improvisational skills.

    That’s Jazz Christmas books are an exciting addition to this popular series. The composer includes favorite holiday melodies arranged in a variety of contemporary styles at the late elementary to intermediate levels. Each tune includes an optional duet part with downloadable demonstration tracks.

    Free backing tracks


    Contents:
    Away in a Manger
    Carol of the Bells
    Deck the Hall
    The First Noel
    Go Tell It on the Mountain
    Good King Wenceslas
    I Saw Three Ships
    O Little Town of Bethlehem
     
    Add to Cart
    $7.95
  • That's Jazz Performance 2 - Backing Tracks ()
    Downloadble MIDI files in a zipped folder

    That's Jazz is the perfect avenue for motivating elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

    MIDI accompaniments for That's Jazz, Performance Book 2 by Bradley Sowash.

    Tunes:
    Already All Right
    Coyote Rock
    Day Dream
    Jamaican Jam
    Old Blue
    Rock Solid
    Walk the Talk

    Correlates with That's Jazz books. 
    Add to Cart
    $9.95
  • That's Jazz Christmas 2 - Backing Tracks ()
    Downloadable MIDI files in a zipped folder

    That's Jazz is the perfect avenue for motivating elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

    MIDI accompaniments for That's Jazz, Christmas Book 2 by Bradley Sowash.

    Tunes:
    Away in a Manger
    Carol of the Bells
    Deck the Hall
    The First Noel
    Go Tell It on the Mountain
    Good King Wenceslas
    I Saw Three Ships
    O Little Town of Bethlehem

    Correlates with That's Jazz books. 
    Add to Cart
    $9.95
  • That's Jazz Method Book 3 - Let It Rip - Hard copy ()
    Hard Copy Book
    54 pages & CD

    Early Advanced

    That's Jazz is the perfect avenue for motivating elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

    That's Jazz if for you if:
    You want to get into jazz for the first time. You want to play music by ear. You want to learn how to improvise. You just want to have fun playing jazz tunes! You want to learn skills that will help you become a jazz pianist!

    Compare to:
    Creative Chords is a comprehensive (theory, reading, technique, improvising...) method book designed for late beginners. It is a multi-style. multi-key, step-by-step approach that progresses slowly and thoughtfully. Theoretically, one could learn to play the piano with only this series on a desert island.
     
    By contrast, That's Jazz is very specific to the jazz genre and is intended as a supplement to traditional methods. It progresses quickly technically since it is understood to be used with other books and approaches.


    Listen to audio samples
    Add to Cart
    $9.95
  • That's Jazz Performance Book 3 - Wave Goodbye - Hard copy ()
    Hard copy book
    30 pages 

    Early Advanced

    More fantastic elementary jazz tunes from the pen of Bradley Sowash! That’s Jazz Performance: Books 1, 2, and 3 correlate with the popular That’s Jazz method for beginning and intermediate jazz piano, and provide additional opportunities for students to use their new improvisational skills. Each tune includes an optional duet part while downloadable demonstration tracks and suggestions for MIDI keyboard enhancements make practicing even more fun! Going Further pages build on improvisation skills from That’s Jazz and encourage further creative exploration. Students with an interest in jazz will love these books whether used as stand-alone repertoire or as a supplement to That’s Jazz.

    Each tune in these books correlates to a preparatory tune in the companion That’s Jazz method books. Whether learning through individual study or with a teacher, it is strongly recommended that serious jazz students master each preparatory tune before studying the correlating tune in these books. Each tune includes enhanced repeats, optional duet parts, chord symbols, and more. Demonstration tracks (available for download at www.kjos.com) and suggestions for MIDI keyboard enhancements make practicing great fun! Going Further pages continue to build improvisation skills and encourage creative exploration.

    Contents:
    Kalimba
    Blue Rocks
    Dog Days
    Tradin’ Places
    Struttin’
    Hey Man
    Down Time
    Wave Goodbye 

    Audio Sample
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    $7.95
  • That's Jazz Christmas Book 3- Hard copy ()
    Hard Copy Book

    Early Advanced


    Correlates with the popular That’s Jazz method providing additional opportunities for students to use their new improvisational skills.

    That’s Jazz Christmas books are an exciting addition to this popular series. The composer includes favorite holiday melodies arranged in a variety of contemporary styles at the late elementary to intermediate levels. Each tune includes an optional duet part with downloadable demonstration tracks.

    Free backing tracks

    Contents:
    Angels We Have Heard on High
    The Coventry Carol
    Hark the Herald Angels Sing
    Jolly Old St. Nicholas
    Wassail/Good Christian Men
    We Three Kings of Orient Are
    What Child Is This? 
     
    Add to Cart
    $7.95
  • That's Jazz Performance 3 - Backing Tracks ()
    Downloadable MIDI files in a zipped folder

    That's Jazz is the perfect avenue for motivating elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

    MIDI accompaniments for That's Jazz, Performance Book 3 by Bradley Sowash.

    Tunes:
    Blue Rocks
    Dog Days
    Down Time
    Hey Man
    Kalimba
    Struttin'
    Tradin' Places
    Wave Goodbye

    Correlates with That's Jazz books.
    Add to Cart
    $9.95
  • That's Jazz Christmas 3 - Backing Tracks ()
    Downloadable MIDI files in a zipped folder

    That's Jazz is the perfect avenue for motivating elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

    MIDI accompaniments for That's Jazz, Christmas Book 3 by Bradley Sowash.

    Tunes:
    Angels We Have Heard on High
    The Coventry Carol
    Hark the Herald Angels Sing
    Jolly Old St. Nicholas
    Wassail/Good Christian Men
    We Three Kings of Orient Are
    What Child Is This?

    Correlates with That's Jazz books. 
    Add to Cart
    $9.95
  • That's Jazz Method - 3 Pack - hard copy books ()
    The best selling jazz piano method in the world!

    Your eyes widen like a deer in the headlights when asked to improvise. You sometimes teach "jazzy" arrangements that are fully notated but you know that's not the real deal. Then one day a student asks you about playing "off page" jazz. Yikes!  

    I've got your back covered. The main reason That's Jazz is the best selling piano method in the world but the main one is because I wrote it for traditional teachers with little or no jazz training.  The tunes are compelling, the artwork is cool and the duet parts make the music sizzle but most of all, the instruction is presented in small digestible bites that make students (and teachers) feel creative and successful.

    Compare to:
    Creative Chords is a comprehensive (theory, reading, technique, improvising...) method book designed for late beginners. It is a multi-style. multi-key, step-by-step approach that progresses slowly and thoughtfully. Theoretically, one could learn to play the piano with only this series on a desert island.
     
    By contrast, That's Jazz is very specific to the jazz genre and is intended as a supplement to traditional methods. It progresses quickly technically since it is understood to be used with other books and approaches.


    Book 1 - Getting Into It
     
    Intermediate, 40 pages & CD

    Listen - Watch:
    Spare Change (video)
    Swing Out (video)
    Groovy shoes (video)
    Burrito Cha-Cha (video)
    Blue Note Special (video)
    Triple Treat
    Spring Fever
    Truckin' (video)

    Teaching/Learning Tips for Book 1
    6 videos - After starting, click the "playlist" button in the upper right corner to navigate.

    Book 2 - Digging Deeper

    Late Intermediate, 48 pages & CD


    Listen - Watch: 
    Take it for Granite (video) 
    History of Flight (video) 
    Flint and Steel (video) 
    Get Up, Get Ready (video) 
    Primal Beat (video) 
    Math Wiz

    Repeat After Me (video)
    Farmer's Market
     (video)


    After starting, click the "playlist" button in the upper right corner to navigate.

    Book 3 - Let It Rip

    Early Advanced, 54 pages & CD


    Listen: 
    Don't Eat Green Bugs
    Fired Up
    Livin' the Blues
    Down Side Up
    Stepping Stones
    Shivers, Chills & Shakes
    Hand Jive
    Summer Vacation

     
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