We ArtPlay Piano
- DO NOT NEED TO READ SHEET MUSIC
This is the first week only of the 6-week We ArtPlay Piano course on the foundational building blocks essential for musical creation. Rather than learning how to replicate other people's music, we will start composing original music on day 1!
The goal is to gain practical skills and a deeper understanding of music's inner-workings so that you are empowered to create beautiful music, explore endless possibilities, and find joy through musical play. Each video explores a musical concept, and demonstrates clear, step-by-step methods that you can practice to incorporate these concepts into your piano playing.
The full course is available of the We ArtPlay website, and includes over 4 hours of video lessons that you can watch at your own pace to learn the fundamentals of piano composition.
Who this course is for:
- Whether you've never touched a piano, or you want to move beyond playing cover songs, this course will help you grow as a musician so you can sit and the piano and just PLAY!
- 10:08Naming the White Keys
- 05:20Naming the Black Keys
- 15:14Key Mastery - Scales, Dyads, and Triads
- 14:27Composing with One Finger
- 15:31Easy Improvisation
- 03:47We ArtPlay Piano
As founder of We ArtPlay, I believe the arts empower us to be playful, to build creative skills, and to connect with our communities. As a lifelong musician, I've too often found that music education programs are entirely focused on performing reproductions of other people's music. I believe we all have music inside of us, and it is We ArtPlay's mission to bring your art to life alongside a community of learners who joyfully create together. My musical studies began with classical piano, which I practiced throughout my elementary and middle school years. I soon found that I preferred composing and improvising original music rather than trying to perfect Beethoven and Mozart, so I shifted my focus to jazz. It was love at first sight... by my junior year of high school I was performing professionally 3-4 times a week, and went on to complete a bachelors of music in jazz piano at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. Since then I've held a variety of positions directing middle and high school ensembles, music literacy courses, improvisation workshops, and group piano programs both in-person and online. I also served as a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois in their ethnomusicology department, and was a faculty member at the Levine School of Music. I have performed with dozens of bands in a wide variety of genres including jazz, classical, rock, musicals, pop, hip-hop, folk, blues, salsa, reggae, Balkan, electronic, R&B, Indonesian gamelan, West African, and Afro-Cuban musical styles. I currently primarily perform with Brotherband, a collective of DC-based musical artists who collaboratively create original and improvised music.