Private Piano Lessons
Artist development, live performance adaptations and recording studio experience are all part of the developing program as students continues in their course of study. A realistic approach to any artistic endeavor gives the student a well balanced application of their goals and ideas.
ALL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN PIANO LESSONS ARE EVALUATED FOR PLACEMENT AND CONTINUATION IN THE PROGRAM TO ENSURE COMPATIBILITY OF STUDENT TO THE PROGRAM.
Piano Lessons Program
BEGINNER - LEVELS I II III
Basic theory and sight reading as an introduction to the building blocks of music, intervals, scales, triads, rhythm and meter will be explored.
Assigned exercises will help develop a comprehensive understanding.
1/2 HR. PER WEEK
INTERMEDIATE - LEVELS I II
All major and minor scales and arpeggios. Diatonic and related scales, harmonic progressions, elements of voice leading. Piano solo works of contrasting styles.
1/2 HR. PER WEEK
ADVANCED & PROFESSIONAL
Theory of melody & harmony, composition and jazz improvisation. Advanced voicing techniques. Orchestration & arranging. This program introduces mathematical logic to all the materials of music and their functions.
1/2 HR or 1HR. PER WEEK
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"An immediately enjoyable indie gem, featuring a mix of funk, smooth jazz, the tastiest Hammond B3 lines this side of Joey DeFrancesco, and a sensuous cameo by Gerald Albright"
- Jonathan Widran, JAZZIZ Magazine
The Jazz Nation
I've never heard the B3 played like this before. You'll take notice too as Joe Kurasz takes a step on the funky side with
the tunes Funky B and Takin' A Break.
Kurasz lays down some serious HAMMOND B3 attitude as he showcases great improvi-sation and George Naha answers perfectly with stand-up guitar work.
Gerald Albright guests on the CD bringing his sultry alto sax to the Crossroads . WithKurasz on B3/keyboards, Naha on guitar and a great hook, this sexy tune has got to be one of my favorites on the disc. One thing's for sure... it'll leave you wanting more!
On his latest record, Joe Kurasz has done some Soul Searching . Full of interesting melodies and fantastic improvisations, this is an album that will stir yours! SoulSearching resonates!
-D.J . Fazio
Keyboardist/Pianist/Hammond B3er, Joe Kurasz began playing at a very early age. His influences where from all genres of music and they included artists like Booker T., John Coltrane, The Temptations, and Burt Bacharach. Soul Searching is an exceptional collection of songs that nod to soulful nostalgia. This project just may end up being my personal favorite independent release this year. Who doesn't love the Hammond B3? It's liquid sunshine...
Joe Kurasz has that special something that makes Bob James and Joe Sample's music so delicious. A true feel good CD, starting off with "Funky B" a great intro to a killer collection of tracks that include fantastic originals like the Smooth Jazz smash "Crossroads" featuring Gerald Albright on sax and covers including a sweet version of Jim Croce's "Operator" plus, "If Loving You Is Wrong", and "Fooled Around And Fell In Love". Every track is exceptional.
-Sandy Shore SMOOTHJAZZ.COM
"Joe Kurasz gives an electriifying performance on his latest CD, "Soul Searching."He combines elements of rhythm and blues, soul and something else so old it's new again. Kurasz uses the sound of the vintage Hammond B3 and piano for a sound that awakens the soul of anybody who still remembers "If Lovin' You Is Wrong." Other tracks worth hearing include "Funky B," "Crossroads" and "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," And more. This is a keeper.
Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes - By Alice O'Neil
"Joe Kurasz not only gave us interesting melodies, fantastic improvisations and great musicianship......he gave the Diva her voice back. The Hammond B3 speaks ...and Kurasz is the truth. Word!
- Lyndah Malloy-Glover ABYSSJAZZ Magazine