Don’t Miss 88 Creative Keys Summer 2013 Events!

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Here’s an overview of the three formats:

88 Creative Keys, a joint venture of Bradley Sowash and Leila Viss, will launch a pilot program this summer in

Littleton, Colorado. Events will include:

1. Camp: Play it Your Way

for students

Explore American improvised musical styles for four days in Denver in a comfortable, non-competitive setting with master teacher Bradley Sowash.  Includes two days of instruction for advanced classical pianists and a teacher workshop as described separately on this page.

Content:

  • Learning to improvise both alone and with others
  • Personalizing well-known tunes with licks, ornaments, and variations
  • Interpreting and applying chord symbols to “stock” accompaniment styles
  • Utilizing practical music theory tips as a springboard to playing more creatively

Format: Hands-on large group clinics, small combo jam sessions, off the bench activities such as drum circles, and concerts.
*Level: Late beginner through Late Intermediate, age 10 and up
Scope: Limited to 30 students per session
Tuition:  $200
Materials: Purchase of appropriate level of That’s Jazz book required.
Location:  South Suburban Christian Church; Littleton (Denver), CO
Dates:  July 29 – August 1, 2013, 8:30 – noon
Registration: Details coming soon,  please click here to subscribe to the 88pianokeys Newsletter and/or read the 88 Creative Keys Blog.

*Definition of Ability Levels

Late Beginner
Generally age 10 and up
Can play C, F and G major scales and I, IV, V cadences
Play at least one of these tunes from That’s Jazz Book 1
Spare Change
Swing Out
Burrito Cha Cha

Early Intermediate
Generally age 12 and up
Play C, F, G, Bb, D, Eb, A major scales and I, IV, V7, vi cadences
Play at least one of these tunes from That’s Jazz Book 2
Flint and Steel
Get Up, Get Ready
Repeat After Me

Intermediate
Generally age 14 and up
I can play all white key major and minor scales and triad or 7th chord
Play at least one of these tunes from That’s Jazz Book 3
Fired Up
Livin’ the Blues
Stepping Stones

2) Workshop: for traditional studio teachers looking to broaden their teaching styles

2. Clinic: Beyond the Page

for adult Classical pianists

Cultivate your creativity with a master teacher and leave making music in ways you never dreamed possible.

Eye players read music.  Ear players improvise.  Most would agree that both are essential for contemporary music making.  However, many classically-trained pianists find playing by ear to be stressful and overwhelming.  Sound familiar?  Are you a competent music reader who quivers like a deer in the headlights when asked to play by ear?  It’s quite understandable.  Having received a music education that emphasized written music over ear skills, it’s not surprising that playing intuitively feels should feel unfamiliar and daunting.

The key to unlocking your latent creativity at the keyboard lies in working with a skilled and sympathetic teacher.  Bradley Sowash is a composer, pianist, author and educator specializing in improvisation.  Through a mix of accessible hands-on techniques and a nuanced understanding of the emotional risks involved, he gently helps skilled readers rediscover their natural inclination to create.   Cultivate your creativity with a master teacher and leave making music in ways you never dreamed possible.

Content:  Through a mix of accessible hands-on techniques and a nuanced understanding of the emotional risks involved, he gently helps skilled readers rediscover their natural inclination to create.
Format: 6 hours of hands-on instruction over two days.
Level: Late intermediate through Advanced or Professional
Scope: Limited to 12 select pianists
Location:  South Suburban Christian Church; Littleton (Denver), CO
in conjunction with Creative Keys Camp
Tuition: $125
Location:  Denver, CO
Dates:  August 3-4, 2013, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Registration: Details coming soon,  please click here to subscribe to the 88pianokeys Newsletter and/or read the 88 Creative Keys Blog.

Workshop: Teaching Creativity

for teachers

  • Do you have students who play by ear or “customize” written music to fit their taste?
  • Do you have students who are adept at classical music asking for guidance on how to try out other musical styles?
  • Are you having trouble finding pop/jazz educational resources oriented to younger students?

Every music teacher knows the pattern. Around the age of 12 – 14, some students get bored with the styles in a traditional reading-only educational approach.  Many teachers rely on non-classical written arrangements to try to keep these students engaged but this doesn’t help them learn to improvise, play be year in a praise band, participate in jazz band or enjoy the pleasures of interpreting a lead sheet.

The Creative Keys Teacher Workshop is designed for traditional studio piano teachers who have little or no experience with jazz, blues, or popular music but would like to integrate these styles into their teaching as well as their own playing. Learn techniques developed by Bradley Sowash for his books, master classes and private studio to help students tap their creative musical impulses.

Content:

  • Demonstrate how improvisation can be fun instead of fearful
  • Learn to play both written and improvised duet parts with your students
  • Tips to stimulate creativity using the basic music theory you already know
  • How to teach scales and harmony that students enjoy practicing
  • Using software, apps and backing tracks to motivate the student

Format:  6 hours of hands-on instruction
Scope:  Limited to 12 select teachers
Location:  South Suburban Christian Church; Littleton (Denver), CO
in conjunction with Creative Keys Camp
Tuition: $125
Location:  Denver, CO
Dates:  August 3-4, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Registration: Details coming soon,  please click here to subscribe to the 88pianokeys Newsletter and/or read the 88 Creative Keys Blog.

3) Clinic: for “recovering” classically trained teachers and adult students interested in venturing off the page and discovering latent creativity at the keys.

4) Clinic: for church musicians seeking to find new chords and styles for old hymns and lead sheets

Thank you for your interest!

Musically Yours,
Bradley Sowash
Leila Viss
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