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Piano Self-accompaniment for Vocalists and Songwriters


A great option for vocalists and/or songwriters who want to better accompany themselves at the piano. Nuts-and-bolts topics include basic musicianship, practical theory (picking the key, playing from a leadsheet), and a wide variety of song forms, accompaniment styles, and basic arranging tools. Class members workshop tunes for each other, and apply what they learn by developing one song apiece to perform at the class concert. Handouts provided by instructor. Prerequisites: basic piano playing and reading proficiency; familiarity with basic chords and scales

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
1/8 – 3/12 (10 weeks)
Jennifer Jolly • $415

Jennifer Jolly (piano, keyboards)

B.A. UC Berkeley. Keyboardist, melodica player, vocalist, composer, and educator (keyboards, world music, improvisation). Specialty in New Orleans R&B, African, Caribbean, blues, soul/funk, rock, Americana, jam bands, country swing, Cajun/zydeco, groove/percussive and improvisational music. Currently performing with Zulu Spear, Babá Ken Okulolo & Friends, Big B and His Snake Oil Saviors, The Jolly Gibsons, and several reggae/ska, blues/R&B, and Americana groups; frequent sub with Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Current accompanist for choruses, churches, and musical theater productions. Previous performance credits include Phil Lesh, Kotoja, Barbara Dane, and Hot Links. Long-time faculty instructor at the CJC, Cazadero Family Camp, after-school programs, and private studio. Secondary instruments include steel drums, flute, and percussion.


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