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IDEA: Invite Bradley Sowash to live stream into your next teacher meeting. It works great.

IDEA: Invite Bradley Sowash to live stream into your next teacher meeting. It works great.

Teacher Training

Learn from a leader in improvisation pedagogy.

  • Author of America’s top-selling, nine-book series, That’s Jazz
  • Pop/Jazz Chairperson for Music Teacher National Association
  • Co-Founder of 88 Creative Keys Workshop  for piano teachers. 
  • Music journal author for Clavier Companion, Downbeat, American Music Teacher

Sample topics

  • Why Teaching Creativity Matters – Learn why everyone can improvise, understand how myths about improvisation prevent learning, and garner a few brass tacks tips for integrating creativity into your studio immediately.

  • That’s Jazz Showcase –  learn to teach from the #1 bestselling jazz piano method.

  • Understanding Chord Symbols – contemporary chord nomenclature simplified.

  • Scaling the Chords – easy tips on making chords and scales more fun to practice and more relevant to your students’ repertoire.

  • Going Further with Lead Sheets – so you can play the melody and chords, now what?

  • Improve Your Groove – tighten up your students’ sense of time and ability to play with others.

  •  The Blues –  how to play and teach this essential American music form.

Your teaching is so meaningful and helpful…
— Dr. David A. Karp, Professor of Music, Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
…Your appearance at the NPITYA in Dallas was spectacular! The evaluations from the teachers gave you rave reviews on all of your sessions. Personally, I really enjoyed the evening concert. You have much to offer teachers, especially those who don’t play jazz and are somewhat intimidated by the prospect of teaching it.
— Richard Rejino Pender’s Music Co.

Student Events

1. Piano

That’s Jazz or Creative Chords Student Master Class

Do your students use Bradley's books? Arrange a Bradley Sowash festival and give your students the thrill of learning directly from a leader in modern creative piano pedagogy.

  • Students prepare 2 pieces at their level from one of Bradley Sowash’s “That’s Jazz” Method, Performance or Christmas books.
  • Bradley Sowash offers students brief personalized coaching on their chosen pieces, in public.
  • A written evaluation of each performance is provided.
  • Students are motivated to prepare by the opportunity to meet the composer, take pictures, get autographs, etc.
  • The best masterclass students and Improvisation groups are invited to perform in a non-competitive public concert
  • Bradley Sowash “jams” along on a second piano with the students playing solo pieces.
  • The event concludes with Bradley Sowash then performing a short solo piano concert. His rare combination of improvisational virtuosity and accessible jazz has delighted listeners both here and abroad for over 30 years.

2. All Instruments

Eye players read music. Ear players improvise. To play contemporary music, students need experience in both yet improvisation is often missing from their curriculum. Rather than feel limited to reproducing the notes on the page, Sowash helps students understand how they came to be there in the first place by tapping into their creative music-making impulses.

Workshops for Church Musicians

How Sweet the Sound;
Amazing Chords
for church musicians

Balance eye and ear skills so you can enjoy making music without limitation beyond the hymnal or lead sheet. Choose to work with Bradley yourself at the keys or just watch Bradley “work miracles” with others.

Description:
This workshop offers classically trained church musicians first-hand experience in improvised keyboard styles including making the case for why jazz is particularly appropriate for worship.  Practical skills to be covered include chord symbol interpretation, an introduction to “stock” accompaniment styles, creating variations through embellishment and hands-on instruction in improvisation.  The session will also include master classes on Bradley Sowash’s hymn arrangements published by Augsburg Fortress.