This course provides clear and concise piano instruction to build piano skills that are useful for singers, singing teachers, general music teachers, choral conductors, songwriters, or anyone who wants to have more facility on the piano.
I know it seems daunting to start working on a new instrument, or worse – on an instrument that you’ve tried to learn and given up. I’m telling you that could all turn around today.
For only $99, you can build the skills you need to be more effective at the keyboard and to have more useable skills for your private studio! This is less than the cost of ONE private lesson and you can take it over and over again.
This course offers:
Give yourself the gift of a skill you’ve been wanting to get together for a long time, in just 15 minutes a day. It’s possible!
I am a pianist and vocalist skilled in the fields of classical, jazz, pop, rock, r&b and musical theater. Not only have I trained, I have performed at the professional level in each of these styles, and each holds a special place in my heart!
As a performer, I have worked as both pianist and vocalist as a leader and sideperson across the US and Internationally. I have performed at the Kennedy Center, Avery Fischer Hall, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Christchurch Arts Festival in New Zealand and at Carnegie Hall, with artists such as trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, stage legend Maurice Hines, the Desoff Symphonic Chorus and many others. I even opened for Duran Duran once! As a conductor, I spent 8 years directing the New York Summer Music Festival’s Jazz Choir and was the Artistic Director of the Rutger’s University Queen’s Chorale. I was an Episcopal Music Director and organist for several years as well! In any given week, you might find me singing with a classical choir, playing piano in a jazz club, playing keyboard and singing backup in a top 40 band or accompanying a Broadway singer. I love the challenge of wearing many hats and getting to express myself in different musical ways!
Because of my diverse musical skills and interests, I attract students with a wide range of interests and goals, from professional and pre-professional to children and teens to adults wanting to learn for fun and personal development. My students have sung on Broadway, in national commercials, have recorded solo albums and have been accepted to performing arts high schools and top conservatories in the US and Canada. I am skilled at creating a course of study that serves each of my students unique needs and interests.
I have served on the faculties of City College, the New York Summer Music Festival, the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Diller-Quaile School of Music. I currently serve on the faculty at Fordham University, where I teach piano, voice and direct a jazz ensemble.
I have been active in music outreach and am proud to have served at NYC inner city schools through the Midori and Friends Foundation and the New York Pops Educational outreach. I am entering my 9th year in a music residency at the Ronald McDonald House, where I make music with seriously ill children and their wonderful families!
So many singers, voice teachers, songwriters and others have come to me feeling like they were never going to have workable skills on the piano. It has been so much fun to prove them wrong and watch them finally gain the facility they need to support their work. It's been a big dream of mine to take this carefully curated material outside my private studio to a wider audience. I'm excited to share this material with you!
Thanks for coming on this journey with me!
Brenda Earle Stokes