Upper Structure Triad Applications
This course involves the in-depth study of upper structure triads (USTs) for all chord types and triad combinations. Content and exercises focus on the identification of triads for specific tension combinations as they apply to comping in a group setting. The use of USTs will also be introduced as a technique for harmonizing melodies in a solo piano/ trio format.
Advanced Rhythmic Lab for the Keyboardist
A lab workshop specifically designed to improve the keyboardist's understanding and mastery of different rhythmic concepts and their application on the keyboard into various musical contexts. Students will learn percussion and speaking rhythms, which they will apply on the keyboard. The course material will be based on different rhythmic approaches of jazz performers such as Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Danilo Perez, McCoy Tyner, and others; 20th-century composers, including Olivier Messiaen, György Ligeti, and Alberto Ginastera; and a variety of global music styles.
Advanced Stylistic Comping – Pop
Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies and the application of these techniques to a variety of pop music styles. There will be use of recorded material for play-along purposes.
Advanced Stylistic Comping – Funk/Fusion
Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing comping studies and their application to the funk/fusion idiom. Recorded material for play-along purposes.
Advanced Stylistic Comping – Latin
Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing the application of comping techniques to a variety of Latin and Latin-influenced jazz and pop music styles. Use of recorded material for play-along purposes as well as transcriptions of comping of major Latin piano players.
Advanced Stylistic Comping – Roots/Rock
Instrumental laboratory for piano principals emphasizing the application of comping techniques to a variety of roots of rock styles influenced by blues, New Orleans, and gospel music. Use of recorded material and transcriptions of influential players. Emphasis on in-class performance and play-along.
Improvisation in Afro-Cuban Piano
The course explores the rhythmic and harmonic/melodic vocabulary in Afro-Cuban piano improvisation. Phrasing with the clave is a main focus of the course. Percussion instrument patterns are explored in-depth as they relate to the clave and influence the role of the piano. Percussion (quinto) solos are analyzed and compared to piano solos. Broad exposure to a variety of piano solos will reveal typical elements of the idiom.
Keyboard Lab – Improvisation
A performance lab intended for keyboardists with little or no experience in improvisation. Instructional focus is on understanding of materials of improvisation both theoretically and aurally, and assimilating these materials into established musical forms and styles. Learning methods include playing with tapes and MIDI sequences, various call-and-response activities, and writing, performing, and analyzing improvisations.
Jazz Harmonic Techniques for Piano 1
Material to be covered includes scales, scale patterns, diatonic chords, available tensions, triads, seventh chords, guide tones, simple voicing techniques, and sight-reading lead sheets (melody/chord symbols).
Jazz Harmonic Techniques for Piano 2
An organized approach to establishing a thorough foundation of knowledge and proficiency in keyboard for the study of jazz harmony, improvisation, and composition. A continuation of ILPN-271. Material to be covered: additional exercises in scale patterns, diatonic sevenths in inversions, seventh chord inversions, harmonic tensions, voice leading, and sight-reading of lead sheets (melody/chord symbols). Designed for pianists and other instrumentalists who want to develop keyboard skills.
Jazz Harmonic Applications
An organized approach to develop a thorough knowledge of common harmonic vocabulary used in contemporary jazz harmony, arranging, and composition. Foundation materials established in ILPN-271 and ILPN-272 are applied to one-handed and two-handed voicings through construction and supportive exercises. Designed for pianists and other instrumentalists who want to further develop keyboard skills.
Hammond Organ Techniques
Instrumental lab for piano principals emphasizing fundamental techniques and skills involved in playing the Hammond organ in predominant contemporary styles, including jazz, R&B, blues, rock, and funk. Study of recorded examples and transcriptions of influential performers.