Piano Workshop for Middle and High School Students

NOV 2, 2013

Location: McNally Smith College of Music
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Cost: Free

The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education together with the Schubert Club present:

A Day of Presentations and Clinics for Middle and High School Pianists (free)
November 2, 2013, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch provided)
Where: McNally Smith College of Music, 19 E. Exchange Street, St Paul

Clinicians: International guest artist Lynne Arriale is on the faculty of the University of North Florida where she teaches piano and jazz ensembles. With a dozen acclaimed albums as leader, Arriale is one of the most praised pianists in modern jazz. She has performed at the Dakota Jazz Club and Artists Quarter in the Twin Cities and at clubs and festivals throughout the world. (Visit www.lynnearriale.comLaura Caviani teaches piano at St. Olaf College in Northfield and at the Shell Lake Jazz Camp. She leads her own trio and quartet, plays with the Pete Whitman X-Tet, and with many other artists throughout the region. (Visit www.lauracaviani.com)  Bryan Nichols teaches piano at MacPhail Center for Music and at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He was a member of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program and a McKnight Fellow. Currently he leads his own ensembles and performs with many top artists including Todd Clouser, Zacc Harris, Dave King, Adam Linz, Chris Bates, Michael Lewis and more. (Visit www.bryannichols.org)  Students who attended the February 2013 workshop note that Bryan Nichols and Lynne Arriale will be switching clinic groups to ensure a different experience! (See below)

Presenter (morning session): Pianist Richard Johnson is now based in the Twin Cities but maintains an active touring schedule, often with Delfeayo Marsalis. He has also played with Wynton Marsalis and Bobby Watson, and devotes significant time to teaching. He plays locally with guitarist Zacc Harris, percussionist Babatunde Lea and others.

The Workshop: Students will begin the day in one large group, hearing a presentation and demonstration from Richard Johnson about the history and styles of jazz piano. Our three clinicians will then talk briefly about the challenges of jazz piano, particularly making the transition from classical to jazz piano, followed by a short demonstration performance. Students will then break into their clinic groups. There will be a break for lunch, followed by the clinics which will run until 2:45. After a short snack break (provided), students will come together to share performances. The three scholarships for piano lessons will be presented at the end of the Workshop.

Scholarships: Three $250 scholarships are provided by endowments to the Schubert Club from the families of Marie Froehlich, Jane Matteson and David Paulus. These scholarships will provide individual piano lessons with our three local clinicians—Laura Caviani, Bryan Nichols and Richard Johnson. Each clinician at the workshop will select one student from his or her clinic whom they feel will benefit most from these lessons.

Participants: What clinic group is best for you? This workshop day is intended to address skill-building for three levels of pianists. It is assumed that all participants have had at least three years of instruction in piano—classical, jazz, etc. and basic ability to read music. Also note—if you have headphones and adapters, please bring with you to the workshop.

Clinic group placement:

Beginning Jazz Piano (Laura Caviani, clinician)

  • At least three years of piano instruction (classical or jazz)
  • One year or less experience playing jazz piano (or no experience with jazz at all)
  • Little or no experience playing jazz piano in a band or ensemble
  • Less than one year of instruction in jazz piano

Intermediate Jazz Piano (Lynne Arriale, clinician)

  • At least one year of jazz piano instruction
  • At least one year of experience playing jazz piano in an ensemble or band
  • Knowledge of basic jazz voicings (Cm, C7, Cm7b5)
  • Knowledge of major and minor scales
  • Familiar with a few jazz standards 

Advanced Jazz Piano (Bryan Nichols, clinician)

  • At least three years of jazz piano instruction
  • At least three years experience playing jazz piano in an ensemble or band
  • Knowledge and fluency of all major and minor scales
  • Knowledge of scales appropriate for each chord (scales over changes)
  • Knowledge and fluency using basic jazz voicings
  • Ability to play 12-bar blues
  • Knowledge of basic jazz standards

Registrants are asked to respond to the following questions to ensure proper clinic placement (located within the online registration link, listed below):

1. How many years have you studied piano (classical, jazz, etc)
2. How many years have your studied jazz piano?
3. Are you currently playing jazz piano in a band at school or in the community?
4. Who is your jazz piano instructor?

Free! There is no charge for the workshop. Funding is provided by the Schubert Club and the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education.

Registration: This workshop is limited to 12 students in each clinic group. Complete registration online: http://jazzworksshops2013.eventbrite.com/. It is essential that students designate their appropriate skill clinic and complete all questions on the registration form to ensure appropriate clinic assignments. You will receive confirmation of your registration. Registration deadline is October 25th.

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