Online Group Jazz Piano Lessons

How many times have you opened an improvisation book only to be instantly overwhelmed with crazy-hard advanced concepts? This leads one to conclude that improvising is some kind of mysterious ability that only gifted people possess. Not true! It only takes about 1% talent. The other 99% is stuff anyone can learn with the right tools and individual coaching. The problem, of course, is finding a local instructor experienced in teaching off-page creativity. That's why I switched from in-person lessons to teaching online group lessons... to guide you through the next steps on your creative music-making journey regardless of where you live.

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Be as cool as Snoopy this holiday season. Learn to transform Oh Christmas Tree from its traditional Tannenbaum roots to a snappy jazz piano arrangement similar to Charlie Brown Christmas music.  November 29, 2017 at 11:00am EST and 7:00pm EST. Attend either or both. The lesson is totally free but you have to sign up in order to receive an access link.


See how online group piano lessons work even better than traditional in-person one-on-one, lessons.
Here's what people are saying about Bradley Sowash's online group jazz piano lessons...

2018 Winter/Spring Courses
Two interlocking 8-lesson courses so you can take either or both.

 

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Discover the rich jazz chords, lush fills, and essential creative concepts that will help you emphasize the color and emotions inherent in classic ballads from the American songbook such as Georgia on My Mind, My One and Only Love, and What a Wonderful World. (Actual tunes to be studied will be announced a bit later.) Recommended for anyone already accustomed to working with 7th chords and previous participants.

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

Learn to transform lead sheets of best-loved singalong songs the likes of Home on the Range, House of the Rising Sun, or The Water is Wide into rich arrangements with substitute chords and creative concepts derived from gospel and jazz piano styles. (Actual tunes to be studied will be announced a bit later.) If you've never had lessons with me before, this is a good place to start, but I'll also include lots of new creative ideas for those who have been with me for a while. 

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. 14, 28, Apr. 4, 18, May 2

Tuition

$500 for 8 lessons spaced over approx. 16 weeks depending on how holidays fall on the calendar. That’s $62.50 per lesson before discounts but $31.25 per week is a more accurate way to think about it because participants enjoy lots of activity and individual feedback between lessons via our Facebook group.

Includes:

  • Eight interactive 75-minute lessons with multi camera angles.
  • Detailed handouts, lesson plans, and assignments.
  • Custom backing tracks for practicing with a simulated band.
  • Replay videos for lessons you miss or want to review that don’t expire until Aug. 30.
  • Interact with instructor and other participants via private Facebook group.
  • Individual praise and constructive criticism on your shared practice videos.
  • Quick responses to your questions and videos M-F. 

Discounts

1. Returning student – Enroll in the next session and receive $25 off! 
To take advantage of this offer, pay the full amount. Then notify me so I can refund the amount of the discount.

2. Professional educator – 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.
To take advantage of this offer, pay the full amount. Then notify me so I can refund the amount of the discount.

3. Both 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 this offer, select the option that includes both courses at checkout rather than checking two courses individually.

 


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Terms
By enrolling in lessons, you acknowledge the you understand and agree to the following:
Refund Policy - Since it’s not possible to return access links and resources once they are sent to registrants, no refunds can be offered. Thanks for understanding.
Swapping is prohibited - Dropping a course in favor of another (or individual lessons) once it begins is not possible for the same reasons as the refund policy above.
Personal Release - Videos or photos of your likeness and your written words such as questions or testimonials may be copied, exhibited, published or distributed without compensation and you waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein your likeness appears. 
Note: Bradley Sowash Music does not process credit-cards or retain any financial information. All transactions are processed by PayPal and you don’t have to have a PayPal account to use your credit card.


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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)

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

All pianists are welcome!
Whether professional or amateur, 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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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)

2017 Current Courses

Course A - Bossa Nova

Learn to play and improvise authentic Bossa Nova rhythms in both solo and ensemble settings on classic tunes including Theme from Black OrpheusSong for My Father, and One Note Samba
Bossa nova originated in Brazil and gained worldwide popularity in the 1960s by such artists as João Gilberto, Luiz Bonfá, Sergio Mendes, and the legendary Antônio Carlos Jobim. Eventually, American popular singers including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and musicians such as Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea adapted the style. Today, all jazz musicians are expected to understand this style.

Wednesdays (every other week with holiday breaks)
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: (every other week with holiday breaks)
Aug. 23, Sep. 6, 20, Oct. 4, 18, Nov. 1, 15, Dec. 6


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For me, this is the only way to take piano lessons! With the replay option and being able to stop and go back again....just so helpful. And on top of it, being able to speak to you at anytime on Facebook and get questions answered......just perfect! Thanks again! Lessons with you are a dream come true!
— Carole
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I’m finding that although each course is different, in many ways it is getting easier because I am building muscle memory and skills that apply.
— Jan

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 (every other week with holiday breaks)
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: (every other week with holiday breaks)
Aug. 30, Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 11, 25, Nov. 8, 29, Dec. 13


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)

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Past Courses

Creative Chords/Boogie Styles
Pop/Jazz Essential Tunes
Holiday Favorites
Ellington/Gershwin Classics
Shuffle Blues

Questions? Read these online lesson FAQs or contact me.