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Applied Keyboard Harmony

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Overview

Learn tonic-dominant chord progressions, basic turnarounds and chord inversions in all keys, while developing the ability to play standard tunes using those basic progressions in leadsheet format. This course prepares students for Jazz Piano 1 and is recommended for pianists with a classical background interested in breaking free of the printed page and learning how to interpret leadsheets as well as learning how to improvise. Handouts provided.

Saturdays 1:30 – 3 pm
9/22 – 12/1 (10 weeks) no class 11/24

Jeanne Walpole • $415

 

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DEPARTMENT:  Piano

COURSE TITLE: Applied Keyboard Harmony

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Learn tonic-dominant chord progressions, basic turnarounds and chord inversions in all keys, while developing the ability to play standard tunes using those basic progressions in leadsheet format. This course prepares students for Jazz Piano 1 and is recommended for pianists with a classical background interested in breaking free of the printed page and learning how to interpret leadsheets as well as learning how to improvise. Handouts provided.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: basic keyboard knowledge.

COURSE PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES:

Students will be able to do the following:

  • Play all the major scales (and some minor)
  • Harmonize each scale and a simple tune in each key with tonic and dominant
  • Learn to play diatonic turnarounds in most major keys
  • Apply typical modifications to the diatonic turnaround
  • Play several tunes from lead sheets
  • Play in major and minor keys

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS: Handouts are provided by the instructor.

 

Instructor

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Jeanne Walpole (piano)

M.A. in Music Theory, San Francisco State U.; M.A. Studies in Piano Manhattan School of Music; B.A., Smith College: studied with Dick Hindman 1990–2003; Pianist, Nordstrom.

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