Individual lessons

Piano and keyboards, for all ages from 6, all levels and all styles. The program, very flexible, is adjusted to the student objectives, personality and capacity. Harmony is part of the possible topics, as well as improvisation or computer-assisted music.

Piano

Piano

Piano training can start from the age of 5, and there is no limit to start or return to it!

Aims :

  • Children and teenagers : 
ludic approach of the instrument, instrumental training technique according to the student’s level.
  • Adults : Being gradually able to play (or re-play) the pieces you like. Learn how to simplifiy a piece in keeping the essence of it.
 Development of the musical autonomy, Technique improvement. Advanced pianists : 
please see the “Improvisation” paragraph.
  • For keyboard and synthetiser players : 
how to use rhythmic sequences, various sound banks.

Musical theory and piano technique are usually taugh simultaneously. Every style can be approached, according to the student’s preferences : classical music, jazz, pop music, blues, rock…

For those who would like to deepen a particular topic, progressive lessons in music theory are possible :

  • Solfeggio and rhythm,
  • Ear Training,
  • Sight reading,
  • Music writing,
  • American notation, chord progressions reading…

Harm.

Harmony

Harmony is somehow the grammar of Music…its mastery is very useful to the general understanding of a piece, in the chord changes reading, or in the improvisation or composition process.

Aims :

  • Being able to analyze a piece
  • Being able to harmonize a melody, to create a melody on given chord changes
  • Being able to use one’s harmonic knowledge as a basis for improvisation

Functional Harmony :

  • Chord knowledge
  • Diatonic modification, secondary dominants, auxiliary dominants
  • Diminished chords
  • Minor tonality
  • Modal interchange

Contemporary Harmony :

  • Slash chords, polychords
  • Multitonic systems
  • Constant circle

Modal Harmony :

  • Modes
  • Modalization
  • Modal chord changes use

Arrgt

Arrangement

Arrangement is the art of orchestration.

Aims :

  • Being able to harmonize a melody on a chord progression in different styles, and to apply this technique on various types of instruments
  • Being able to balance the tones, the tension and relaxation points
  • Being able to to organize an arrangement in order to keep the listener interested

Techniques :

  • 4 and 5 voices harmonization, opening techniques
  • Target note approaches, melodic paraphrase
  • Voice leading
  • Functional reharmonization
  • Organization of an arrangement
  • 2 voices, 3 voices composing
  • Composing for Big band

Solf.

Solfeggio

  • Reading
  • Ear Training
  • Music writing
  • American notation, chord progressions reading…

Improv

Improvisation

This course is dedicated to instrumentalists who wish to discover or deepen the various improvisation techniques.

Aims :

  • Being confortable with chord changes
  • Pianists: Integrating the musical vocabulary for both left and right hand
  • Improvisation skills

Techniques :

  • Major and minor II V I voicings, rhythmic patterns
  • Chord substitutions
  • Chord progressions : blues, III VI II V, “rhythm changes”…
  • Bebop patterns
  • Scales and modes
  • Pentatonic scales and arpeggios
  • Organization of an improvisation
  • Chords in fourths

Comp.

Computer Music

How to use the computer (either PC or Mac) as a creative tool.

Aims :

  • Discovering the softwares : sequencers, audio editors, trackers…
  • The MIDI system
  • Recording, mixing, mastering