Bachelor of Arts in Music/Piano from California State University Los Angeles
Piano teacher/Owner - Jim Fox Piano Studio
Jazz piano styles from traditional jazz to moderate, avent-garde, and popular piano styles are covered in this online course by Jim Fox. Blues and R&B piano styles are also covered based on the student's preferences. Jim Fox believes that Blues have influenced so many styles of music that it's often a good place to start for any student. The classes is will be adjusted to the student's level and interests. Further, the students will also learn chord voicing, improvising, scales, theory, arranging and ear training in the class with emphasis on performance. The Jazz Piano Book by Mark Levine is the textbook used for learning jazz and Beginning Blues Piano by Eric Kriss is the book used for learning blues piano.
About the Instructor: Jim Fox is a well-known pianist in the Brentwood and South Nashville area, boasting over 30 years of performing and teaching experience. His interest in piano began around the age of 10 when he first began playing. He followed through with this passion, playing in many high school bands and eventually studying music and piano performance at California State University Los Angeles, where he earned a BA degree.
After college Jim played in many LA-based bands, including WAR. After relocating to Santa Rosa, he and his brother Jerry began playing as part of rock band Boys Night Out. Jim currently lives in Nashville, TN and performs in the instrumental group the Jim Fox Trio, playing a mix of jazz, latin, progressive jazz, blues and popular music. The band have been playing together for over 30 years and performing on the Nashville circuit for over 10 years at various venues.
The student will have experience in how to voice chords on the piano, jazz arranging, jazz improvisation, blues and popular music. It will give the student a good background in traditional, modern and progressive styles of music. This course focuses on direct 1-on-1 instruction between teacher and student. In a virtual classroom setting, students can expect a higher level of rigor and more attention to detail.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about Mallet Instruments. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of Mallet Instruments, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
Jim Fox was born in Ukiah, California. Jim developed an interest in piano at age 10 and started studying piano shortly after that. Jim always had an interest in the Blues. While attending high school he played with several local bands. Jim also was interested in jazz along with rock and popular music. While in collage Jim played with jazz groups along with rock bands. After graduating from California State University Los Angeles with a BA degree in music/piano performance, Jim played with several Los Angeles bands including the group WAR. After relocating back to Santa Rosa Jim and his brother Jerry Fox played together in a popular San Francisco north bay rock band called Boys Night Out. Jim currently lives is Nashville, TN where he runs a piano school, The Jim Fox Piano Studio, and performs with the Jim Fox Trio.
Basic knowledge of piano, reading music and music theory. The Jazz Piano Book by Mark Levine is the textbook used for learning jazz and Beginning Blues Piano by Eric Kriss is the book used for learning blues piano.