Jazz/Pop Online Group Lessons

How many times have you opened an improvisation book only to be instantly overwhelmed with crazy-hard advanced concepts? Often, people who teach improvisation have forgotten what it’s like to be be a beginning improviser. This leads aspiring classically-trained pianists to conclude that one  has to be a music theory genius to improvise or that it’s some kind of mysterious natural ability that only gifted people possess. Fortunately, it's not magic. Anyone can learn to improvise with the right tools and individual coaching. That's why, at the suggestion of my colleague, Leila Viss, I invented online group lessons... so I can coach you on your creative music making journey.

Summer Slow Shuffle Blues

Learn to play slow shuffle blues on piano in this special one-topic session. Unlike the weekly lessons during the academic year, four summer lessons take place every other week over 8 weeks. So you'll have plenty of time to practice and enjoy the summer between lessons.

Shuffle blues has a slower feel, soulful licks, and gritty accompaniments that give it its characteristic "down home" sound. This culturally significant American style originated with solo guitar-playing singers such as Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leadbelly, Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson in the Deep South in the 1920s. Later, it spread to other regions to be adapted by other instruments including piano.

Takeaways:

  • Compare shuffle blues with other blues forms.
  • How to get that "down home" blues groove going.
  • Grab a large list of authentic licks to add to your "bag."
  • Learn distinctive left-hand accompaniment patterns.
  • Enjoy a fully-notated original blues arrangement.
  • Retain what you learn with a detailed 20-page handout.

All pianists are welcome!

Whether professional or amatuer, all musicians experience degrees of insecurity about their playing -- understandable given the demands of this beautiful art form. I do everything possible to make my courses a "safe" place to learn. Share your challenges and progress  on screen or in the Facebook group or stay in the background. It's your choice. Work on all elements of an assignment or only what interests you. No one is ever obligated to do anything.

Schedule

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 pm  Eastern Standard Time
Best for USA after-work and the AU/NZ crowd.
What time is that for me?
5/24, 6/7, 6/21, 7/5

Thursdays, 11 am – 12:15 Eastern Standard Time
Best for USA piano teachers and work at home folks.
5/25, 6/8, 6/22, 7/6

Replay Videos

All lessons are recorded and registered students my watch private replay links provided to all registered students for through August 31, 2017.

Discounts

1. Returning Students - Enroll for the summer session and receive $25 off!

2. Professional educators – Music teachers who belong to a professional trade organization qualify for a $25 discount. To confirm your status, email a picture of your membership card to a trade association such as MTNA, NAfME, or ASTA…

To take advantage of these offers, pay the full amount and I will then send you a refund for the amount of the discount… and, yes, discounts can be combined.

Tuition

$250 for four 60+ minute lessons spaced over 8 weeks. 

Includes:

  • Participation fee.
  • Detailed PDF handouts.
  • Access to lesson replay videos through Aug. 31.
  • Membership to private Facebook group.
  • Quick email responses from me.
  • Invitations to free, live Q&A sessions.
  • Feedback on optional videos you share.
  • Custom iRealPro files for practicing with a simulated band.

I am REALLY enjoying the Pop/Jazz class! It is exactly what I was hoping for, and has already given me some tools to get outside of the improvisational rut that I was stuck in.
— Suzanne (Germany)
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Unbelievable experience filled with everything I hoped to get and so much more! And I love that I can use all of this and keep “digging deeper”. The processing is such a journey. My mind has been blown! Thank you Bradley!
— Lynnette (NV)

2017 - 2018 Academic Year 

Topics and Tunes - to be announced. To give you an idea of what to expect, last year's topics/tunes were:

  1. Summer/Fall - C Major Favorites including Boogie-woogie, All of Me, When the Saints Go Marching In, Let it Be...
  2. Fall/Winter - Seasonal classics including Autumn Leaves, The Christmas Song, What Child is This...
  3. Winter - Pop/Jazz Piano Essentials including My Funny Valentine, Girl from Ipanema, Sentimental Journey, Piano Man...
  4. Spring - Gershwin/Ellington including Summertime, I Got Rhythm, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Take the A Train...

Level:
All sessions are geared toward adult intermediate to advanced “recovering classical pianists” interested in self-expression using 7th chords and clearly-explained improvisation concepts. No prior experience with improvisation is required but you should know how to play some scales, read moderately well, and be able to construct 7th chords even if you can’t play them on demand.

Worried you won’t know enough to fit in?
Good news! Upon registration, you’ll receive a link to my private “Pop-Jazz Piano Essentials” reference video created exclusively for past current, and future pop jazz piano students to review some of the theory, terminology, and creative concepts I often refer to in my teaching.

Same but different
Returning students may be wondering what to expect. All my courses include a review of jazz theory and technique that I keep this interesting and challenging by providing new ways to practice scales and build chord fluency. All new themes provide new opportunities to apply familiar and new creative concepts to new tunes.

2017 Fall/Winter Schedule

    Choose weekly or every other week lessons
    This year I will run two 8-week courses back to back over 16 weeks. Take one course for every other week lessons or enroll both courses at a discount for weekly lessons.

     

    Course B (topic TBA)
    Thursdays (alternating weeks)
    11:00 am – 12:15 (Eastern) What time is that for me? or
    7:00 – 8:15 pm (Eastern) What time is that for me?

    Can't decide which time or it doesn't' matter?
    Choose evenings which are always less crowded.

    Dates: (bi-weekly)
    August 30
    September 13, 27
    October 11, 25
    November 8, 29 (note Thanksgiving break)
    December 13

    2017 Fall/Winter Schedule

    Course A  (topic TBA)
    Thursdays (bi weekly)
    11:00 am – 12:15 (Eastern) What time is that for me? or
    7:00 – 8:15 pm (Eastern) What time is that for me?

    Can't decide which time or it doesn't' matter?
    Choose evenings which are always less crowded.

    Dates: (bi-weekly)
    August 23
    September 6, 20
    October 4, 18
    November 1, 15 (note Thanksgiving break)
    December 6


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    Bradley Sowash you are the best teacher I ever had, learning SO much!
    — Natasha (CA)
    Studying with you has taught me not only how important it is to teach our students to read AND to improvise and play by ear but it is so much fun in the moment and emotionally satisfying long term for adults as well as children.
    — Carolmae (OH)

    2018 Winter Spring Schedule

    Course D (topic TBA)
    Thursdays (alternate weeks)

    11:00 am – 12:15 (Eastern) What time is that for me? or
    7:00 – 8:15 pm (Eastern) What time is that for me?

    Can't decide which time or it doesn't' matter?
    Choose evenings which are always less crowded.

    Can't decide which time or it doesn't' matter?
    Choose evenings which are always less crowded.

    Dates
    January 10, 24
    February 7, 21
    March 7
    April 11, 25
    May 9

    Course C (topic TBA)
    Thursdays (bi weekly)

    11:00 am – 12:15 (Eastern) What time is that for me? or
    7:00 – 8:15 pm (Eastern) What time is that for me?

    Can't decide which time or it doesn't' matter?
    Choose evenings which are always less crowded.

    Dates:
    January 3, 17, 31
    February 14, 28 (Note there IS a lesson on Valentine's day)
    March (no lessons in March)
    April 4, 18
    May 2

    Want it all?
    Enroll in both courses for weekly lessons and receive $100 discount!

    Discounts

    1. Returning student – Enroll in the next session and receive $25 off!

    2. Professional educators – Music teachers who belong to a professional trade organization qualify for a $25 discount. To confirm your status, email a picture of your membership card to a trade association such as MTNA, NAfME, or ASTA… And yes, Returning student and Professional educator discounts can be combined.

    3. Weekly Lessons - Enroll in both courses Fall/Winter or both Winter/Spring courses for weekly lessons and receive $100 discount! Note that this offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

    To take advantage of these offers, pay the full amount. Then notify me so I can refund the amount of the discount.

    Tuition

    Academic Year Sessions: $525 dollars for eight 60+ minute lessons. 

    Includes:

    • Participation fee.
    • Detailed PDF handouts.
    • Access to lesson replay videos through Aug. 31.
    • Membership to private Facebook group.
    • Quick email responses from me.
    • Invitations to free, live Q&A sessions.
    • Feedback on optional videos you share.
    • Custom iRealPro files for practicing with a simulated band.

    Refund Policy: Since there is no way to take back access links or resources once they are sent to a registered student, no refunds can be offered for online group lessons.


    Your organized, upbeat and supportive teaching examples have broadened my teaching skills. I am addicted to your improvisational approach and pedagogical style. Thank you for making creative music fun and rewarding for me and for my students!!!
    — Deidre (NV)
    I can’t imagine piano teaching without the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest jazz teachers! Most players can’t communicate! You have a gift to give to the world!
    — Ursula (AZ)

    Questions? Read these online lesson FAQs or contact me.