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Blues Piano Happy Birthday (Ages 9-14 FLEX Class)

In this 4-week online piano course, students will learn how to improvise their own blues version of Happy Birthday.
Paul McFarland
160 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Week 1: Students will learn how to play the Happy Birthday melody in the right hand with a swing rhythm. 
Week 2: Students will learn basic improvisational techniques to improvise in the right hand over the Happy Birthday melody.
Week 3: Students will learn chord roots and chord progressions in the left hand to accompany Happy Birthday.
Week 4: Students will combine hands to play an improvised Happy Birthday melody in the right hand and a standard blues chord progression in the left hand.
I have a bachelor's degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia, a master’s degree of Kodály in Music Education from Loyola University Maryland, and over a decade experience of Blues/Boogie Woogie improvisation on the piano. I'm incredibly passionate about passing on what I've learned about piano improvisation to students, as I wish I had more access to high quality improvisation instruction when I was younger.
Students will need to practice throughout the week. While individual practice needs differ by student, I recommend 10-20 minutes of daily practice. 

Student assignments will include watching my instructional videos, uploading their own video and commenting on a classmates' video. 
Students will need a keyboard or a piano. It is recommended to point the camera at the keys if possible when recording. Students will need a device capable of recording and uploading a video (ex: a phone, tablet, or computer).
Students will upload a video of their instruction. I will provide individualized feedback on their videos.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
We will refer to the traditional "Happy Birthday" song throughout the course.


Paul McFarland
Lives in the United States
Certified Music Teacher Specializing in Blues Piano
160 total reviews
169 completed classes

About Me

Hearing Pete Johnson for the first time changed my life. Building on a strong foundation of  classical piano, I immediately began learning to play blues piano. Since learning to improvise, there's been no going back for me. 

I have a passion for... 
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