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 wide variety of beginning, intermediate and advanced keyboard jazz repertoire and method books.

Discover how to motivate your pupils with new easy-to-learn techniques and materials that teach creative musicianship — composing, notating music, harmonizing, transposing, etc. Teachers can develop renewed enthusiasm for teaching from this workshop and gain motivated students, thus greatly enhancing their piano teaching practice.


Lee Evans, Ed.D., is a professor of music at NYC's Pace University. His most recent publications, for the moment available only in iPad-specific interactive digital format on SuperScore Music App, in the SuperScore folder labelled Piano Plus, Lee Evans's publishing name, are Jazz Baroque: Vivaldi/Bach (intermediate/upper intermediate level) and A Razzle Dazzle Christmas (5-finger level). Several of Evans's intermediate level popular solo piano print books for Hal Leonard Corp, include Crash Course in Chords, Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises, Famous Latin Hits 2nd Edition, Classics With A Touch Of Jazz, Opera With A Touch Of Jazz, Charlie Brown's Greatest Hits, Jazz Up Your Christmas, Lee Evans Arranges Holiday Jazz, and Starter Classics (Stipes Publishing). For additional information, visit www.leeevansjazz.com.

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