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Piano Summer Camp: Creative Blues Improvisation Level-Up (Ages 12+)

Paul McFarland
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This fun 4 lesson summer camp is for students who loved my blues improvisation summer camp and want to level-up their playing.

Class experience

Beginner - Intermediate Level
4 lessons//2 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Blues Review
During this lesson, we'll review all of the major concepts learned in the first blues summer camp. The teacher will conduct an informal assessment and talk with you about what you'd like to accomplish in this course.
Lesson 2
Advanced Rhythms
This lesson will be tailored to your specific needs and interests. We might work on swing or syncopated rhythms, blues shuffle, or advanced rhythmic elements.
 Week 2
Lesson 3
Left Hand Patterns
This lesson will be tailored to your specific needs and interests. We might work power chords, the 12-bar blues chord progressions, or advanced blues left-hand patterns.
Lesson 4
Leveling-Up the Right Hand
This lesson will be tailored to your specific needs and interests. We might work on note groupings, trills and tremolos, or famous blues licks and riffs.
  • Students will learn to level-up their blues playing with advanced rhythms, left hand patterns, and right hand blues-elements.
I'm a certified music teacher with over a decade of experience teaching music in the public schools. My Bachelor's Degree (from SUNY Fredonia) is in music education, and my Master's Degree (from Loyola University Maryland) specializes in Kodály Music Education. 

My mom was a piano teacher and my dad was a public school music teacher, so in one sense you could say I've always grown up around music and the piano. I had traditional piano lessons growing up and in college. However, around Middle School I discovered that my real love for piano is Boogie Woogie music, the blues, and improvisation. I would have given anything at the time for improvisation instruction; that's one of the reasons why I'm so passionate about passing on my love of piano improvisation with young students today! 
Homework Offered
1-2 hours of practice is recommended per week. A practice guide will be provided.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
An informal assessment of the student's playing level will be given during the first class. This will help guide instruction for the remaining classes. No prior experience? No problem--the assessment will look at what the student is able to do by the end of the lesson. While assessments aren't "required" as such, they will be conducted informally by the teacher--the student will most likely not know they are being assessed.
Grades Offered
Students should complete my "Piano Summer Camp: Creative Blues Improvisation (Ages 12+)" before taking this class. If you've taken piano lessons for at least a year and would like an exemption to this prerequisite, please message me! 
Students will need a keyboard or a piano. Please select original sound on Zoom to ensure I can hear both the learner and their piano. See directions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QomLaSTpR-U

Optional: The teacher uses the iReal Pro App throughout lessons. Students are welcome to purchase it for use at home, but it is not a requirement for the course. https://www.irealpro.com/ 
Purchase is available through Google Play(Android), or the App Store (iPhone, iPad, Mac). Cost: $14.99 ($5 in-app purchase for blues package.)
Joined May, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Maryland Teaching Certificate - Music/Theater/Arts
Master's Degree in Music/Theater/Arts
Bachelor's Degree in Music/Theater/Arts
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Group Class


weekly or $60 for 4 classes
2x per week, 2 weeks
25 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
3-4 learners per class

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