Now more than ever, singers are pulled towards becoming fluid and confident on the piano. As a performing jazz singer and pianist, I have had the great pleasure of teaching a great many wonderful singers to accompany themselves on piano. This course is clear, concise and will have you accompanying yourself and your students quickly and easily.
In this course, I am going to take you through the exact steps that I have taken a great many singers through! I will be taking you step-by-step through the protocol that I have developed over the course of nearly 20 years of teaching. This protocol has been tested by teaching hundreds of students of varying levels, and has helped singers, voice teachers and choral conductors get some jazz piano chops together.
What does this course cover?
- How to read a lead sheet
- How to play a variety of chord qualities in 12 keys
- How to interpret jazz rhythm – back beat, swing feel and phrasing
- How to walk a bass line
- How to comp (playing chords in a rhythmic manner)
- How to play voicings (choosing different chord tones and extensions to create a different harmonic landscape)
- How to play a Ballad, a Bossa Nova and other Latin styles
- **NEW** - How to improvise in the jazz style at the piano!
You will be supported with video lessons for every detail of the course, with a close up shot at the keyboard. In addition, there are over a hundred pages of meticulously notated materials that will guide you every step of the way. You will also receive support from a private Facebook group and have access to YouTube playlists that provide dozens of examples of the material that we are working on.
It's thorough, it's fun and most importantly, this material has been developed over 20 years of instruction. It works!
A real knowledgeable, step by step procedure that addresses in a clear and easy to understand process the essential elements necessary for vocalists and budding pianists to be a successful player accompanist and teacher, leading to a career and life in music. - Justin DiCioccio, former dean of jazz at Manhattan School of Music
I think I'm genuinely obsessed with this course! No joke! Thanks so much for making it. I can't tell you much it is doing for my musicianship and confidence! – Mel Lathouras, vocalist and educator
I love this course! As someone who took classical piano lessons years ago, it's been great to explore the world of 4 note jazz chords and get comfortable with simple song accompaniments. Brenda's a great teacher, and by taking you through all the exercises in the videos, you get to play along with her until you get comfortable enough to do it on your own. This course gets my highest recommendation. - JH
Brenda Earle Stokes is a pianist, vocalist, composer and educator based in New York City. An in-demand performer, Stokes is also the owner and creator of Piano Skills for Singers – a series of online piano courses with over 200 students worldwide. A classically trained pianist, Stokes completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in jazz piano at York University in Toronto and her Master’s degree in jazz piano at Manhattan School of Music. She has performed with as a side person with John Riley, Dick Oatts, Joel Frahm, Roxy Coss, Wycliffe Gordon, Maurice Hines and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.
Stokes has held residences at the Kennedy Center and Banff Center for Fine Arts, was a finalist of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition and was a winner of the IAJE Sister’s in Jazz competition, identifying her as one of the top emerging jazz artists of her generation. As a bandleader she has toured clubs and festivals across the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and has released 6 albums own her own label. Her most recent album Solo Sessions Volume 1, is her first solo offering “shimmers with energetic scatting and cheery piano shimmers with energetic scatting and cheery piano.” (Downbeat Magazine).
As a private instructor, Brenda is in high demand teaching piano and voice, and working as a performance and songwriting coach. Brenda serves on the faculty of Fordham University, teaching voice, piano and musicianship. In 2018, Brenda presented a four-day teacher training seminar at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba Australia, teaching an immersive course in jazz, pop and rock singing to professional singers and voice teachers from all over the continent. She has co-taught master teacher Jeanie LoVetri’s course Somatic Voicework - The LoVetri Method in the US and Australia and has taught workshops at high schools and colleges across the US, Canada and New Zealand.
Brenda serves as Vocal Jazz Coordinator of the National Jazz Festival, gave the keynote speech in Vocal Jazz at the New Jersey Association of Jazz Festivals and has adjudicated at instrumental, choral and vocal music festivals in both the US and Canada. Her online piano courses Piano Skills for Singers have more than 200 students worldwide and she has written articles for Canadian Musician magazine, as well as her popular blog atwww.pianoskillsforsingers.com.
StartGetting Started (6:52)
StartPrepare to Play Jazz Piano - Backbeat and Swing Feel (8:06)
StartPrepare to Play Jazz Piano - More Skills to Know (4:17)
StartPrepare to Play Jazz Piano - Jazz Rhythms To Practice (6:09)
StartPrepare to Play Jazz Piano - The Walking Bass Line (3:00)
Start**NEW** Prepare to Play Jazz Piano - Improvisation (12:23)