QMTA Jazz Piano Webinar – 9 Jun 2024

Jazz Piano - An introduction to playing and teaching improvisation with Paula Girvan

Join the Queensland Music Teachers' Association (QMTA) for a 'hands-on' workshop designed especially for piano teachers interested in exploring the world of jazz piano and learning effective techniques for teaching improvisation.

Led by the talented Paula Girvan, this workshop promises a fun and relaxed environment where you'll discover a systematic approach to playing and teaching jazz that will ignite your passion for this genre.

Keyboards will be provided in the room for those eager to dive in, and for remote participants joining via live-stream or recording, you'll have the opportunity to play along from the comfort of your own home.

Here are the 'key' elements you can expect:

  • A guide to essential elements for jazz playing, including rhythm vocabulary, harmony, and melody.
  • Easy improvisation techniques based on key centers, scales/modes, and chord progressions.
  • Practical application - get hands-on experience on one of the keyboards.
  • Handouts - Take home session notes to reinforce your learning.

Don't miss this chance to enhance your skills in playing and teaching jazz piano. Whether you're a seasoned teacher or new to jazz, this workshop is designed to inspire and equip you with valuable insights and techniques.

About Paula Girvan:

Paula has been a passionate and active music educator since 1992 and is a recognised Pianist for sessions and performances. Her versatility as a performer has seen her perform and record in big bands, alongside rock stars, corporate bands and in her much loved set up, Jazz Duo. At Jazz Music Institute, Paula teaches and coordinates the subject areas of: Jazz Materials, Aural and Analysis, Ensembles, Piano skills (second study), and Concert Performance Practice at JMI

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