When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor David Frankel
  • Course Code W21JPMG07B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

An introduction to jazz for pianists at around Grade 3 (ABRSM) standard or higher. Learn the rhythm and harmony of jazz, and how to improvise.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Use a method to improvise over simple jazz chord sequences
  • Know how to play in a jazz style by employing typical rhythmic, melodic and harmonic ideas in a solo
  • Gain a knowledge of the differing jazz styles such as blues, swing and latin jazz
  • Understand the general harmonic, rhythmic and melodic basis of jazz and jazz piano


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will be playing the piano on your own and also together with others online. You will also listen to musical examples and do some singing and clapping exercises. Information will be delivered verbally, backed up by handouts and by practical demonstration and your own participation in online activities.

    Entry requirements

    You must have grade 3 equivalent practical piano skills or above. The ability to read piano music notation would definitely be an advantage but if you can't do that it will be necessary to at least be able to study the notated melody line and chord progressions on the handouts and / or by listening to recordings of the music at home.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    An ability to play piano music with both hands or an ability to play piano by ear with both hands or an ability to read a top melody line with chord symbols below

    What you need

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

    What you can do next

    Morley Jazz Piano 1 (starting in September) runs for three terms and will cover all the material from the Jazz Piano Taster week more comprehensively.