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Jazz Piano

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Jazz Piano is a course aimed at intermediate level players who want to expand their jazz piano skills.

Playing through arrangements of jazz standards such as: ‘All the Things You Are’, ‘Fly me to the moon’, ‘Autumn Leaves’ and the blues classic 'Things Ain’t What They Used to Be' you will explore different ways to approach:

  • Chords and bass
  • melody and chords
  • improvised melody and chords

You will work steadily with the materials throughout the term to adopt a familiarity with the make-up and role of chords and their musical relationship with melody. Applying syncopation to melodies and rhythmic accents of chordal accompaniment will be an integral focus of Jazz Piano.

The class will involve listening and discussing the rhythmic, harmonic and improvisations of the legendary jazz pianists such as Duke Ellington, Wynton Kelly, Horace Silver as well as spending plenty of time playing and practicing on your keyboards both for your fellow class members and by yourself on ‘mute’ to the rest of the class.

Entry Requirements: Students are expected to have piano skills (equivalent to AMEB grade 4) and an ability to read Bass and Treble clefs, keys and an understanding of 7th chords. It’s recommended that you practice between classes to develop your own skills.


Incredibly knowledgeablle, warm and terrific musician.

Michael is very enthusiastic about jazz and takes time to attend to each student during class

I will never regret doing this course. I never thought I would have a chance to learn about jazz piano in a practical way. It was scary and a challenge but from it I have a new found appreciation of the jazz language. Michael helped me to feel ok about being there. Many Thanks to you!