The Nuts & Bolts of Piano Accompaniment

Tues. 7:45–9:15 pm 4/2 – 5/28 (9 weeks)

The Nuts & Bolts of Piano Accompaniment
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Piano and Keys, Vocal Performance
Day Tue
Instructor Jennifer Jolly
Status online event

This class supplies the basic skills needed to accompany on the piano, and is appropriate for vocalists and accompanists alike. Nuts-and-bolts topics include basic musicianship, practical theory (such as how to pick the right key), and a wide variety of accompaniment styles. Song forms, intros, endings, fills, interludes, and other arranging skills are covered. Materials provided by instructor.

Prerequisites: familiarity with basic chords and scales; ability to read standard keyboard notation.

Technical requirements: strong Internet connection, laptop/desktop by your instrument, wired headphones.

This class meets ONLINE via the Zoom platform.


About Jennifer Jolly

Jennifer Jolly is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, and educator. She teaches keyboard classes and ensembles (Caribbean, African, New Orleans, minimalist, and improv) at the Jazzschool, clinics, camps, after-school programs, and her private studio. She currently performs on keyboards, melodica, guitar, and vocals with Jennifer Jolly & Friends, Pamela Rose’s show “Blues is a Woman,” Jean Fineberg’s JAZZphoria, Jean Fineberg’s The Party Monsters, and other Bay Area groups. Jennifer frequently performs as a guest with Tom Rigney & Flambeau and Chelle! & Friends; previous credits range from Barbara Dane to Phil Lesh.