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PREMIER COURSES

Work directly with Jazzedge teachers with a solid plan & feedback

Premier Courses

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Succinct Lessons
Step-by-step Practice Actions
Assignments with teacher feedback
Group User Forum Access
Live sessions to ask questions
Quizzes To Test Yourself
Sheet music, resources and more!
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Premier Courses — What Students Say...

— Shari
— Bruce
— Gayle
"With the Premier Courses, I have to say that I think that you really found a great formula. The idea of working on limited sections of the song along with the video submission accountability has pushed me to really have the parts down. In the past, I might have gotten close enough but not really mastered the sections. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to improve the site and curriculum."
— Jim S.
Premier Student

See answers to common questions about Premier courses

No. Anyone can purchase this course. However, Premier members get access to all Premier Courses.

To take this course you must either have a Premier-level membership or purchase the course.

These are YOUR lessons so you get to decide how and when you participate. However, in order to get a completion certificate at the end of the course, you will need to submit the assignments.

Ultimately, it is up to yoiu to decide if you want to do the homework or join in on the live sessions.

Assignments are optional. However, in order to receive a certificate of completion, you must submit and pass all assignments before the end of the course.

You can submit your assignment at any time as long as the course is running. Check the main course page to see when the course ends.

You can submit assignments in any order. This means you can submit them out of order if you wish.

What if the assignment is too difficult for me?

You can alter the assignment to make it easier for yourself. For example, try playing an easier left-hand part, or maybe just submit the melody alone. Point is, it is best to submit something rather than nothing.

Premier Courses — A Game Changer

Our premier courses are structured into 8-week semesters. During the initial 6 weeks, you will focus on learning and skill development. In the remaining 2 weeks, you have the flexibility to choose one of the following options:
1. Participate in a recital to showcase your skills.
2. Continue your review and practice to solidify your knowledge.
3. Take a well-deserved break to recharge before the next course.
4. Or all of the above!
Premier Courses are a game changer because they give you focus and feedback with very specific practice goalsIf you've struggled with your piano practice, these courses will keep you motivated and on track!

Your Ultimate Online Music Learning Tool

Unleash your inner musical genius and embark on an extraordinary journey with Jazzedge Academy's world-renowned learning platform. Jazzedge Academy's platform has garnered accolades and acclaim for its innovation and effectiveness. We're not just any online classroom; we're a leader in music education!
We know your time is valuable so Premier Courses are broken into easy to mange 8-week semesters. This gives you the time to learn a lot in a short time without overwhelming yourself.
Each Premier Course is divided into classes. Some classes are live while others are recorded. The recorded classes feature bite-sized videos that you can slow down, speed up and watch as much as you want until you master the material.
Most online music education programs require you to watch a long video and figure out what and how to practice the material. Jazzedge Academy's Premier Courses changes this approach. With our Premier Courses, in addition to the longer class (lesson) video, you will also see multiple Practice Actions™ which are shorter, succinct videos that show you note-for-note what to practice and in which order. Learning in now super-simple.
Here is an example of Premier Course 
Practice Actions. You'll notice:
the video is short and to the point
the material is played several times
you are given options if you can't play the example
you don't have to search around in the main video to find what you need to practice
Practice actions make your practice super-focused
You'll also receive weekly assignments just like a college-level course. However, it's up to you to decide whether or not you want to "do your homework." Students who complete their assignments will get feedback from the teacher and have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. But, you get to decide!
There are several live sessions held throughout the Premier Course. Usually held once a week for about an hour, these live sessions give you the opportunity to engage with fellow students and ask the teacher questions. Every session is recorded and available to rewatch at a later time.
Let's face it. As an adult life gets busy and it's easy to lose track of your goals. Premier Courses make your life easier by providing you with all of the tools needed to stay focused and motivated. 

Each week a new lesson is released. Watch the lesson as much as you wish and use the video Practice Actions™ to know what to practice. 

Live classes are also held each week and they give you the opportunity to engage with other students, get teacher feedback and ask your questions.

In addition, you'll receive helpful emails with tips to stay motivated and on track. Plus, you can engage with your fellow students in our private community forum.

Next Semester Begins January 15th, 2024

The Following Course Will Be Running In The Coming Semester...

Creative Pianist Toolkit

(Course Begins On: Jan. 15th, 2024)
LEVEL: 2 (Level Explanation)
FOCUS: Solo Piano Arrangements & Improvisation

In this new semester of the Creative Pianist Toolkit, we will be focusing on learning two new songs along with theory and improvisation.

Creative Pianist Toolkit teaches you Theory, Arranging & Improvisation for each song, giving you a full view of each piece. Learning these three elements helps you to master the entire song by giving you all the tools needed to analyze, play, memorize and improvise over each song.

To gain access to this course,
click on Pricing & Signup below.

To access this course, choose one of the purchase options below:

Course Only
$2491x purchase
What You'll Receive With This Course:
Lifetime access to this course
Access all lessons and resources
Practice actions & assignments
Teacher feedback* 
1x Payment, Nothing To Cancel
Access to other Premier Courses†
Premier-level Benefits
Purchase This Course
Premier Membership
$79per month
Retail Price $99 – You Save 21%
Everything in Course-only Benefits
Access everything in Academy:
Access All Lessons
Access All Classes & Replays
Access All Active Premier Courses
Billed Monthly†† - Cancel Anytime
Rock-Solid, 30-Day Guarantee
* Teacher feedback is only available while the course is "live." Check the course dates below to see when the course begins and ends. You continue to have access to all lessons and resources even after the course ends. However, teachers only provide feedback while the course is live. This is just like a college course, you get feedback while the course is running.

† By purchasing this course, you gain lifetime access to all lessons and resources in this course only. To gain access to another course, you will need to purchase that course or a Premier membership.

†† Yearly Premier memberships are available during checkout.

Course Dates:

Released On: Dec. 19th, 2023
Start Date: Jan. 15th, 2024
End Date: Mar. 15th, 2024
Premier Access Expires On: Apr. 30th, 2024
What happens when Premier access expires?

Teacher "Check-in" Dates:

  • 01-15-2024 at 03:00pm
  • 01-29-2024 at 03:00pm
  • 01-22-2024 at 03:00pm
  • 02-05-2024 at 03:00pm
  • 02-12-2024 at 03:00pm
  • 02-19-2024 at 03:00pm
  • 02-26-2024 at 03:00pm
Subject to change, always check course for updates

What Do These Dates Mean?

Premier courses operate just like a college class meaning the course will be "live" for 8-weeks during which time you can watch all of the classes, join in on live classes, submit assignments for a teacher grade.
RELEASE DATE:
This is the date the course will be available for purchase.
START DATE:
This is the date the course starts and you can view the material.
END DATE:
This is the date the course ends (no teacher feedback or assignments are graded after this date).
PREMIER ACCESS EXPIRATION:
This is the date the course will be available only for those who purchased. Premier members get an additional 45-days to view the material. Those who purchased the course get lifetime access. 
TEACHER CHECK-IN DATES:
Teacher will be live to answer questions and give you feedback on your playing on these dates.
After The Course Ends: 
If you purchased the course you'll have lifetime access to the material. If you have a membership, you have an additional 30 days to view the material.

Willie has toured both the U.S. and Europe as clinician and performer. He is a graduate of the well renowned Berklee College of Music. He has studied in New York with Fred Hersch and in Boston with Ray Santisi. Willie has produced three recordings as bandleader and his music, has been featured radio stations nationwide and headlined at the famed SXSW music festival.

Willie is also the founder of Jazzedge Academy, an online teaching website that makes it easy to learn Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Rock, Pop and Funk styles of piano, keyboard and organ...online.

The Jazzedge method has taught students from all around the globe. By combining foundational and fun'dational elements, Willie's students are able to learn how to become a self-expressive pianist very quickly.

"I learned as a kid that the best part of learning the piano is playing the piano." says Willie. Using the Jazzedge method and Willie's step-by-step lessons, it is possible and easier than you think to become a pianist.

  • It is recommended that students have a minimum of 1 year of piano study
  • Students should know the notes of the keyboard
  • Students should know at least basic triads
  • Students should know how to play at a minimum the C, F and G major scales hands together

Theory

  • We will analyze the song
  • Learn how and when to reharmonize (if appropriate)

Arrangement

  • We will break down each song into three parts to make it easier to learn
  • You'll learn techniques that you can apply to other songs

Improvisation

  • You'll learn how to create an improvisation (both beginner and advanced techniques)
  • Learn each song, step-by-step
  • Learn the theory behind each song for a fuller understanding of what you are playing
  • Learn how to improvise over each song
  • Learn techniques that let you create your own arrangements
  • Learn what is required to master this style
At the end of the course you have the option to receive a certificate of completion. To receive your certificate, you must: hand in all assignments, pass each quiz with a 70 or above and participate in the end of course recital.
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Green Onions – Booker T. & The M.G.s (click to listen)
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Let it Be - The Beatles (click to listen)
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