Jazz Piano Accompaniment - Solo Piano

Everything you need to know about jazz to play great accompaniments for yourself and your students!

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Have you ever dreamed of playing jazz piano? Stop dreaming and start learning!

As a performing jazz singer and pianist, I have had the great pleasure of teaching hundreds of people to play jazz piano. This course takes you through the exact method I use with my private students and it is clear, concise and will have you playing authentic jazz piano in record time!

What does this course cover?

  • How to read a lead sheet
  • How to play a variety of chord qualities in 12 keys
  • How to interpret jazz rhythm – back beat, swing feel and phrasing
  • How to walk a bass line
  • How to comp (playing chords in a rhythmic manner)
  • How to play voicings (choosing different chord tones and extensions to create a different harmonic landscape)
  • How to play a Ballad, a Bossa Nova and other Latin styles
  • **NEW** - How to improvise in the jazz style at the piano!

You will be supported with video lessons for every detail of the course, with a close up shot at the keyboard. In addition, there are over a hundred pages of meticulously notated materials that will guide you every step of the way. You will also receive support from a private Facebook group and have access to YouTube playlists that provide dozens of examples of the material that we are working on.

It's thorough, it's fun and most importantly, this material has been developed over 20 years of instruction. It works!


A real knowledgeable, step by step procedure that addresses in a clear and easy to understand process the essential elements necessary for vocalists and budding pianists to be a successful player accompanist and teacher, leading to a career and life in music. - Justin DiCioccio, former dean of jazz at Manhattan School of Music

I think I'm genuinely obsessed with this course! No joke! Thanks so much for making it. I can't tell you much it is doing for my musicianship and confidence! – Mel Lathouras, vocalist and educator

I love this course! As someone who took classical piano lessons years ago, it's been great to explore the world of 4 note jazz chords and get comfortable with simple song accompaniments. Brenda's a great teacher, and by taking you through all the exercises in the videos, you get to play along with her until you get comfortable enough to do it on your own. This course gets my highest recommendation. - JH

Your Instructor

Brenda Earle Stokes!!
Brenda Earle Stokes!!

I am a pianist and vocalist skilled in the fields of classical, jazz, pop, rock, r&b and musical theater. Not only have I trained, I have performed at the professional level in each of these styles, and each holds a special place in my heart!

As a performer, I have worked as both pianist and vocalist as a leader and sideperson across the US and Internationally. I have performed at the Kennedy Center, Avery Fischer Hall, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Christchurch Arts Festival in New Zealand and at Carnegie Hall, with artists such as trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, stage legend Maurice Hines, the Desoff Symphonic Chorus and many others. I even opened for Duran Duran once! As a conductor, I spent 8 years directing the New York Summer Music Festival’s Jazz Choir and was the Artistic Director of the Rutger’s University Queen’s Chorale. I was an Episcopal Music Director and organist for several years as well! In any given week, you might find me singing with a classical choir, playing piano in a jazz club, playing keyboard and singing backup in a top 40 band or accompanying a Broadway singer. I love the challenge of wearing many hats and getting to express myself in different musical ways!

Because of my diverse musical skills and interests, I attract students with a wide range of interests and goals, from professional and pre-professional to children and teens to adults wanting to learn for fun and personal development. My students have sung on Broadway, in national commercials, have recorded solo albums and have been accepted to performing arts high schools and top conservatories in the US and Canada. I am skilled at creating a course of study that serves each of my students unique needs and interests.

I have served on the faculties of City College, the New York Summer Music Festival, the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Diller-Quaile School of Music. I currently serve on the faculty at Fordham University, where I teach piano, voice and direct a jazz ensemble.

I have been active in music outreach and am proud to have served at NYC inner city schools through the Midori and Friends Foundation and the New York Pops Educational outreach. I am entering my 9th year in a music residency at the Ronald McDonald House, where I make music with seriously ill children and their wonderful families!

Course Curriculum

  Section 8 - Playing Ballads and Bossa Novas
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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