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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516
Event Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Event Contact: RVC Community Education, 815-921-3900
Your former piano teacher might not approve, but thousands have learned the secret of how to play piano without reading music. If you've ever wondered how it's done, mark Saturday, November 16, 2013, on your calendar. That's when Rock Valley College brings Craig Coffman in to present the nationally renowned Instant Piano Workshop.
Coffman's approach reveals how the pros play. He has extensive experience as a professional pianist and music director. Having taught piano privately for many years, Coffman will share piano players' tricks of the trade. For over 22 years this workshop has brought seldom taught and highly sought after information to more than 100,000 nationwide.
We asked Coffman how this method differs from his traditional teaching. "While the classical approach stresses discipline and precision in playing, this approach stresses enjoyment and getting great sounds early on. While precision is vital for classical music, this 'pain free' method is more suitable for pop music of all kinds, from Broadway to Rhythm and Blues."
The materials used in the class allow a person with little or no experience to start on the road to- and eventually achieve- professional playing skills. While knowing how to read the treble clef is a good foundation, many students take the workshop with no prior piano experience. Students will learn how to use chords instead of traditional note-by-note music reading.
The workshop is taught in two separate sessions. Session 1 on November 16 from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m., Instant Piano for Busy People, covers the basics of playing the piano using the chord method. Session 2 on November 16 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., How to Play Piano By Ear, builds on the information taught in the first session and teaches students the secrets of how to play without the use of any written music. Contrary to popular belief, playing by ear is a very easily learned skill based primarily on some simple knowledge about chords and melodies.
Anyone interested in taking the workshop is welcome to send for a free pamphlet titled How To Read Music Notation In Just 30 Minutes! Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to IKI Inc., 2841 S. Southwind Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85295.
Both sessions will be held at Rock Valley College's Bell School Road Center (3350 North Bell School Road). The cost of each individual session is $40 or you can do both sessions for $70. For more information and to register, please call Rock Valley College Community Education at 815-921-3900.