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.

Free Trial Lesson

Learn tips and tricks about playing authentic Latin accompaniments on the piano in a free online group lesson Wednesday, August 9th at either 11:00 am or 7:00 pm Eastern time. If you can’t make either of those times, sign up anyway so you can watch the replay video later. To sign up, send me an email here l so I can send you instructions and access links. Watch an edited version of last year's trial lesson here.

 

Worried you won't 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. I also make a point of providing several options of various levels in my assignments so you can choose what's right for you technically.

Returning students
All of my courses include reviews of essential jazz theory and exercises. To keep it interesting for returning students, I constantly vary the ways I assign scales and chord drills. Each new course topic and associated tunes provides opportunities to practice both new and previously-learned creative concepts. I also make a point of providing several options of various levels in my assignments so you can choose what's right for you technically.

Course Overview

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.

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.

Read more online lesson FAQs here.


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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)
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)

2017 Fall/Winter Courses 

Choose fortnightly or weekly lessons
This year I am running two interlocking 8-week courses over 16 weeks so you can take one or both at a discount.

Course A - Bossa Nova

Learn to play and improvise authentic Brazilian rhythms in both solo and ensemble settings on Theme from Black OrpheusSong for My Father, and One Note Samba. Depending on time and interest, we may also delve into more Bossa Nova classics.
Bossa nova originated and was popularized in Brazil by João Gilberto, Luiz Bonfá, Sergio Mendes, and the legendary Antônio Carlos Jobim before migrating to American popular singers including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and musicians such as Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea. Today, all jazz musicians are expected to understand this style.

Wednesdays (every other week)
Morning 11:00 am – 12:15 (Eastern) What time is that for me? 
or
Evening 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)
Aug. 23, Sep. 6, 20, Oct. 4, 18, Nov. 1, 15, Dec. 6


Course B - Charlie Brown Christmas Music

If like me, you grew up before VCRs and YouTube, you eagerly anticipated the big December night when A Charlie Brown Christmas would finally be shown again on TV. I didn't know it at the time, but the genius behind that wonderful genre-mixing soundtrack was Vince Guaraldi (whose large moustache and signature glasses occasionally showed up on Snoopy). Learn to play and improvise Linus and Lucy, Christmas Time is Here, Skating and Christmas is Coming learning important creative concepts about jazz chords and the stylistic elements along the way. Depending on time and interest we may also take a look at Guarladi's arrangements of What Child is This and/or O Christmas Tree.

Wednesdays (alternating weeks)
Morning 11:00 am – 12:15 (Eastern) What time is that for me? 
Evening 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)
Aug. 30, Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 11, 25, Nov. 8, 29, Dec. 13


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. Two courses at once - Take weekly lessons by enrolling in both courses A and B and receive a $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: $500 dollars for eight 60+ minute lessons. 

Includes:

  • Participation fee.
  • Detailed PDF handouts.
  • Access to lesson replay videos through Aug. 30.
  • 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.


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Bradley Sowash you are the best teacher I ever had, learning SO much!
— Natasha (CA)
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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 Courses

Course D (topic TBA)
Wednesdays (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.

Dates
Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, Mar. 7, Apr. 11, 25, May 9

Course C (topic TBA)
Wednesdays (every other week)

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:
Jan. 3, 17, 31, Feb. Feb. 14, 28, Apr. 4, 18, May 2


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.