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Bridgeport Academy of Piano Arts

     
 
Styles of Music We Teach
 
 
 
 
| Classical | Jazz | Popular Music |
| Music Theory and Composition | Songwriting |

 
 
 
 

Classical

Our traditional approach emphasizes the development of good sight-reading skills, proper technique, and overall musicianship. Unlike some other approaches to teaching piano, we believe it is essential for students not only to learn to play but to understand what they’re playing. Therefore, our students learn to play piano in the context of a growing understanding of music theory. In addition, we help each of our students to develop practice habits that are not only effective but are in line with their unique learning style.

" The notes I handle no better than many pianists.
But the pauses between the notes –
ah, that is where the art resides! "

Artur Schnabel

"Winter in South Town"
Composed and performed by Doug Lalli

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Jazz

This is a two-pronged approach, emphasizing the development of improvisational skills as well as an emerging understanding of jazz harmony and how to apply it to the keyboard. Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the music of the masters, such as Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, et al.

" It’s like a whole orchestra, the piano for me. "

Dave Brubeck

 

"In Your Own Sweet Way"
Performed by the Doug Lalli Trio

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"I'll Never Stop Loving You"
Performed by the Doug Lalli Trio

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Popular Music

"
When I first fell in love with the piano, I knew it was for me.
I was dying to play.
"

Alicia Keys

To play pop music effectively on the keyboard, a student must learn to interpret chord symbols and, in addition, to coordinate the chords (left hand) with the melody (right hand). This is no small task, and it generally requires a foundation in classical piano study.

 
 
 
 

Music Theory and Composition

An understanding of music theory is essential for any student of music but especially for those who want to compose their own music. Our approach is to lay a foundation in the basics of music theory (especially harmony) while gradually introducing the student to the elements of composition—for instance, form, counterpoint, melodic structure, and so on.

 

" In order to compose,
all you need to do is
remember a tune that
nobody else has
thought of. "

Robert Schumann
 

 
 
 
 



" Everybody who has a creative mind should sit down and try something new. "

Nat King Cole

 

Songwriting

 Like traditional composition, songwriting requires a basic understanding of music theory and an emerging understanding of the elements of composition. In addition, knowledge of popular song forms (AABA, ABAC, verse-chorus, etc.) is essential.

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"What Love Can Do"
Words and music by Doug Lalli
Performed by Kelly Meashy with the
Doug Lalli Quintet

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"Christmas Time is Here Again"
Words and music by Doug Lalli
Performed by Jill Salkin with the
Doug Lalli Trio

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