Teaching Jazz and Musical Creativity to the Classical Piano Student – Part 2

In this workshop, Dr. Lee Evans explains the inner workings of jazz in illuminating detail. He demonstrates his procedure for teaching jazz elements and jazz improvisations within the classical lesson, as well as discusses the use of jazz materials for the teaching of technique and sight reading. In the process, teachers become acquainted with a […]

Teaching Jazz and Musical Creativity to the Classical Piano Student – Part 1

In this workshop, Dr. Lee Evans explains the inner workings of jazz in illuminating detail. He demonstrates his procedure for teaching jazz elements and jazz improvisations within the classical lesson, as well as discusses the use of jazz materials for the teaching of technique and sight reading. In the process, teachers become acquainted with a […]

New piano music book released by internationally published pianist/composer/arranger

Renowned pianist Lee Evans, author/composer/arranger of over 100 music books, has released his latest intermediate/upper-intermediate level book, Jazz Baroque:Vivaldi/Bach. The work consists of 13 jazz-tinged piano solo arrangements of music from the Baroque era. Inspired by Antonio Vivaldi and J.S. Bach, selections include music from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, J.S. Bach’s organ preludes, Inventions and Sinfonias, a work […]

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Piano History: What are the different types of pianos?

The piano was invented around 1700 in Italy by harpsichord maker Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori, who worked with the Florentine Court of the Grand Prince Ferdinando de’ Medici. Cristofori named his invention gravicèmbalo col piano e forte, which means “harpsichord with loud and soft.” It was later shortened to “fortepiano” and finally to just “piano.” […]