Special Guest: Dr. Steve Betts

Title: Extra-pianistic resources for the piano teacher

Date: October 28th, 2016 @4:30pm CST

Location: Cattlet Music Center, Room 009 (keyboard lab)

Description: Books, blogs, podcasts, and other resources from the worlds of education, business, leadership, and philosophy offer many insights for the piano teacher. This session will highlight a variety of resources available from these fields.



Dr. Steve Betts

B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene College

M.M., Wichita State University

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Special Guest: Bradley Sowash

Title: Scaling The Chords

Date: November 11th, 2016 @4:30pm CST

Location: Cattlet Music Center, Room 009 (keyboard lab)

Subject Areas: Music Theory/Creativity/Contemporary Practices

Description:   Learn how chord comprehension creates collaborations.  Tips on making chords and scales more fun to practice both on and off the piano.

Rationale: Whether playing for society gigs, praise bands or just recreationally jamming with friends, today’s musicians often play in settings that require playing “off the page.”  The key to interpreting the lead sheets or bare bones lyrics with guitar chords used in these settings is a thorough understanding of chord symbols and how they relate to scales.

Content:  Through live demonstration and written examples, participants will learn how to construct, interpret and teach popular chord symbols.  Practical theory exercises designed to develop “chord fluency” will be included for students of all ability levels.


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Bradley Sowash is a composer, creative pianist, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, author, and educator specializing in improvisation. He teaches master classes nationwide, serves as Pop/Jazz chairperson for the Music Teachers National Association and teaches at the 88 Creative Keys Camp with co-founder Leila Viss. The Neil A. Kjos Music Company publishes his many instructional books, and Augsburg Fortress Press has published several volumes of his hymn arrangements. His broadcast credits include seven seasons of appearances on the PBS-TV series, The Piano Guy, and National Public Radio has aired selections from his nine CDs.