Pianist Jeremy Siskind, the winner of the 2012 Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition, is a Professor of Piano at Fullerton College and an author of ten Hal Leonard publications including the landmark instructional book, Jazz Band Pianist. His new video series, “at_Home/at_ Play” can be viewed at youtube.com/ jsiskin2.

Summer 2020: Questions & Answers

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What is the difference between a fake book and a real book? Both fake books and real books are collections of lead sheets, that is, pieces presented simply as melodies and chord symbols. Some jazz musicians use these collections at gigs to have a wide array of tunes at their disposal. The term "fake book" is used as a broad category for these colle...
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NCKP 2019 Pedx9 Preview: Teaching Music in Lebanon Part II

I've always been nervous in hospitals. When encountering suffering, I'm overly quick with jokes that distract from the looming uncertainties of the sick ward. So, when I was introduced to the Syrian refugee who would be my piano student at a jazz camp in Beirut, Lebanon, I feared for my own capacity to maintain my cool and act "normal." A thousand ...
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5 Things Every Piano Teacher Needs to Know About Jazz

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Grace Bunday
Thank you very, Jeremy. About the rhythm, do you apply the same principles to the accompaniment? When the accompaniment is an Albe... Read More
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 14:46
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Yes, You Can! Breaking through student and teacher inhibitions to create meaningful learning through improvisation

Click the link below to download notes from the webinar: pdf File Name: YesYouCanPresentationNotes File Size: 318 kb Download File
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Robert L Combs
I really enjoyed Siskind's webinar, great pacing, illustration, and explanation. He is obviously a gifted teacher and I am gratefu... Read More
Thursday, 12 December 2019 12:00
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Bringing it Home

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For a pianist without high-level management, organizing a tour can feel like an impossible undertaking. There are many reasons why touring is harder than ever before: venues for classical and jazz music have been shuttering their doors all over the country, audiences are far from guaranteed even at the most reputable venues, most major papers no lo...
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A finger in every pie

For teachers brave enough to ask students to perform their first improvisations, the excuses are all too familiar: "I don't know what notes to play", "I don't feel the rhythm", "It's too hard", and--eventually--just plain "I can't do it".  There are many factors preventing students from at least trying to make something up, among them ner...
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