"Kickin' Keyboards" 2015

                          2015 Summer “Mini-Camp” Project/Experiment

I worked with two 3rdgrade students who wanted to join the “Performing Keyboard Ensemble” at Goodwin next year in a four day piano “mini-camp”. We worked from 9:00am – 12:00pm Monday –Thursday, June 8th – 11th. Day one I taught the two students the basic rules for Improvisation and then we played “Smack Down”, a fun competitive game where the students applied the rules they learned playing along with a variety of jazz/pop instrumental resource tracks. Below are the recordings we made of our “jam sessions” on days two, three and four. Initially I had both students solo using only the “piano” voice on their electric keyboards. As I noticed them beginning to develop more confidence , I allowed them to choose different voices from the selections available to them on their keyboards. The students really enjoy selecting their own personal sounds, and it also makes it a lot easier to identify when the soloists “switch-off” and who the soloist is at any given time. I spent only 30 minutes each session on "improvisation". I think you will find the progress of these two students, from one day to the next, rather interesting.

"Bubble Wrap"  09/06/2015   Mix1
Performing Artists:  a.) J'Anni P.   b.) Shaylynn G.


"Bubble Wrap" 09/06/2015 Mix2
Performing Artists: a.) Shaylynn G.   b.) J'Anni P.


"Eenie, Meenie, Beenie"  10/06/2015
Performing Artist: Shaylynn G.   Tech. Assistant: J'Anni P.


"Eenie, Meenie, Beenie" 10/06/2015
Performing Artist: J'Anni P.      Tech. Assistant: Shaylynn G.


"Pick Up Your Feet"   11/06/2015
Performing Artists: a.) Shaylynn G.   b.) J'Anni P.



Kickin' Keyboards 2015 "Jam Sessions"

"Right Now"   Mix #1   04/02/2015
Performing Artist: Bianca C. (and friend)



"Right Now"   Mix #2   04/02/2015
Performing Artist: Bianca C. (and friend)



"We Have Graduated"     05/13/2015
Improvisation Mix #1
Performing Artists: Courtney G. & Javan W.


"We Have Graduated"     05/13/2015
Improvisation Mix #2
Performing Artists: Javan W. & Courtney G.



"Summertime Rocks"    05/26/2015
Improvisation Mix #1
Performing Artists: Javan W. Claudia R.
and Jaylin P.


"Summertime Rocks"    05/26/2015
Improvisation Mix #2
Performing Artists: Jaylin P. Javan W.
and Claudia R.


"BAG-O-Saurus"     05/28/2015
Improvisation Mix #1
Performing Artists: Javan W. Bianca C. Ariana M.
Claudia R. and Ayana J.


"BAG-O-Saurus"     05/28/2015
Improvisation Mix #2
Performing Artists: Ayana J. Claudia R. Ariana M.
Bianca C. and Javan W.



Keyboard Projects of 2015

"Bop! Bop!"
Independent Project
Soloist: Ja'Nia P.



"Yeah!"    By: Usher
Piano Playback / Improvisation Practice


"Yeah!"
Independent Project
By: Brianna R.



"House of the Rising Sun" 
Piano Playback with Drum Set


"House of the Rising Sun"     Full Ensemble
Recorded for the Goodwin Morning News Show.
Performing Artists: Brianna R. Caleb J. Gwen T. Courtney G.
Ja' Nia P.  Amina A.  Zaria L.  Claudia R.  Jacquline V. 
Andera R.  Asyria W. and Tyleasha W.


"House of the Rising Sun"  On Going Independent Project
Performing Artist: Ja'Nia P.


"Higher Ground" 
Piano Playback with Drum Set


"Higher Ground"
Synthesized Sounds with Drum Set


"Natalie"
Video Performed By: The Sposato Brothers
Transpose +01




"Natalie" 
Piano Playback with Drum Set



"It's A Long Way To the Top If You Want To Rock & Roll"
Piano Playback with Drum Set