When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Joy Ellis
  • Course Code W22JPMB03C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Learn how to use simple musical devices to effectively accompany yourself on the piano as a jazz singer

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Accompany yourself on the piano with a simple jazz standard from the Great American Songbook
  • Identify a variety of jazz chords and their qualities
  • Describe basic elements of jazz harmony and theory such as a major and minor ii-V-I and guide-tones
  • Identify a variety of left hand piano bass grooves
  • Learn how to add right hand improvised solo lines to complement your vocals


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free
  • Class format and activities

    Examine and play a number of standards from the Great American Songbook with the opportunity to perform for the group. Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

    Entry requirements

    Grade three or an equivalent on the piano

    What you need to know before you enrol

    You will need a basic knowledge of musical pitches and note values and how to read simple treble clef notation

    What you need

    A piano or keyboard and a good internet connection.This is an online course, therefore you will need access to a personal computer/laptop/ipad with working internal microphone and camera, and decent internet wi-fi connection. You will also need to have and basic IT skills, in order to be able to access and use effectively the online material, eg. the online platforms for the live sessions and shared material. Ahead of the first session, you will receive information about the exact format and length of the live part of the course, together with guidance on how to access the relevant platforms. During the first session, you will receive guidance from your tutor about how to access the online course material, such as recordings and sheet music

    What you can do next

    How to Accompany Yourself on the Piano as a Jazz Singer or Jazz Piano 2