Introduction to Jazz Piano


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Introduction to Jazz Piano

 September 21December 13, 2020

This course is ideal for jazz educators, beginning jazz pianists, and non-pianists who have basic musical skills to explore the piano from a jazz perspective. You'll learn the basic concepts of jazz piano, including playing 7th chords, understanding modes and scale/chord relationships. You'll also learn how to apply these concepts to repertoire, beginning improv, and understanding the different basic rhythms of jazz music.

Instructor: Steve Million

Million,_Steve_headshotJazz pianist, composer and jazz piano instructor Steve Million has lived and worked in Chicago since 1988, having previously lived and worked in Kansas City, MO, and New York. He has taught jazz piano privately at Merit School of Music since 2002, has developed an innovative jazz piano class, and leads the Honors Jazz Combo, made up of some of the finest young musicians in Chicago.
   photo credit: Harvey Tillis
From 1995 until 2002, Million taught jazz piano at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. In 1988, he was a semi-finalist in the internationally renowned Thelonious Monk Piano Competition. 

Since 2005, Million has held a steady gig performing five nights a week with the Eric Hochberg Trio at the popular downtown Chicago restaurant Catch 35. Among the artists who have performed with the trio are Dee Alexander, Sarah Marie Young, Greg Ward, Andy Brown, Pat Mallinger, Geof Bradfield and Victor Garcia. Million has three CD releases on Palmetto Records: Million to One (1995), Thanks a Million (1997) and Truth Is (1999). These recordings featured Million’s writing, playing and arranging skills in the company of artists such as Randy Brecker, Chris Potter, Dick Oatts, Steve Cardenas, Ron Vincent and Micheal Moore. His other releases include the trio recording Poetic Necessities (2002, BluJazz Records) and a solo piano release, Remembering the Way Home (2008, Origin). In addition Million co-leads a band with trombonist Andy Baker called BakerzMillion that released a CD in 2010 entitled Mood Point. The band has a new digital release to be released this fall on the esteemed Delmark Records label.

Course Details

Introduction to Jazz Piano

Course Code 6950

Steve Million

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

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MECA Online Course Details
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

Fall 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 21. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of Sept. 21, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

Online grades will be reported by mid-October. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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