This is the first book of a unique series designed for learning and teaching keyboard improvisation. Student who have mastered late-elementary level keyboard skills and who know basic theory concepts learn to play well-known melodies by ear, improvise embellishments and variations, add chords and accompaniment styles, and create full-sounding arrangements based on their tastes and preferences. To be studied either along side with traditional materials, or as a new direction of study, this series balances the ear and the eye for playing today’s music. Teachers, even those with a limited background in improvisation, will find this series approachable and fun! The Kjos Interactive Practice Studio (IPS) technology provides access to orchestrated accompaniments (“backing tracks”), select video lessons with the author, additional detailed information/downloads, and more!
Read The Piano Studio review of Creative Chords, Book 1, by Bradley Sowash
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- She is motivated and now practices scales, arpeggios and progressions enthusiastically and as a matter of course — which is a big change from before.
I just wanted to pass along something one of my students said yesterday. She is one of my students living in France, and we have lessons via FaceTime. She is a challenge because her reading is not great and we do a lot of rote teaching. This year I have started focusing more on chords and practical skills, and it is working out well. She is motivated and now practices scales, arpeggios and progressions enthusiastically and as a matter of course — which is a big change from before. She also tends to get hung up on rhythm (i.e. keeping a steady pulse), but we haven’t found it possible to do much ensemble work together because of the time lag that usually exists.
I started her in Creative Chords a few months ago and she is really enjoying it. I finally got her to download the Kjos interactive app, and last week was her first week using the backing tracks.
Normally she is very scattered, and we spend the first 5-10 minutes of EVERY lesson tracking down a pencil, assembling her music, which is scattered all over the room, calling her sister to help find things……. but by golly, when we got to her CC assignment, she not only had her iPad close by, but it was already cued up with the app. Before I could even ask, she turned to me with a big smile on her face, and said, ‘I LOVE this!’
And even though it is hard for her, she is going for it.