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Keyboard/Piano Advanced Class
James Makinde

Tuition: ₦20,000

Start Date: July 24, 2023

Duration: 5 Weeks

Frequency: 2 Days a week

The Keyboard is a complete instrument for the writer, arranger, performer and producer, capable of playing any type of part, including bass lines, chords, melodies, and Brass/string sections. For the modern musician utilizing digital audio workstations and virtual instruments, the keyboard is the most effective device for sequencing and accompaniment. This course is designed for keyboard players with some beginner to intermediate playing experience, who want to take their performance and production skills to the next level irrespective of their background. The course is designed to fit a wide range of students, with exercises and materials that cover different levels of skill sets. Additionally, students who have a higher level of competence or greater amount of practice time can choose to explore and further develop their skills by getting involved in optional bonus assignments created for that purpose. By the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • Employ effective practice techniques in order to continually overcome musical challenges.
  • Expand your playing technique to perform with greater speed and precision, with a focus on proper use of the body as a playing mechanism.
  • Develop a strategy to better understand the music you are performing, through awareness of progression, harmony, and melodic structure across all styles.
  • Read and interpret chord symbols more quickly.
  • Understand pulse and groove while learning new rhythms over a wide range of styles.
  • Understand playing techniques needed to mimic other instruments.
  • Learn new chords (passing chords and notes).
  • And so much more.


  • Triads
  • Inversions
  • Popular scales
  • Application
  • Sevenths,
  • Nineths
  • Thirteenths
  • Sharps and Flats
  • Third inversions
  • Playing with bass,
  • Left hand tenth interval

Circle of forth, substitution, passing notes, passing chords

Chord names, interpretation

Scales and fingering, Arpeggios, Triads, chords.

Choosing appropriate keyboard voices

Key Bass, Key Strings, Key Guitar, Key Brass

Band play

Tips on how to score songs by ear

Talk Music tips (TMT)

Music according to the bible


James Makinde

Contemporary Music Pianist, Music producer and Director

Makinde James is a multitalented music educator, contemporary music pianist, skilled music producer, and a director for live performances. He has a deep passion for music theory and a knack for teaching, Makinde's goal is to help students develop techniques for learning to play songs on the piano by ear, without neglecting the much-needed theoretical knowledge.

He has several years of experience as a performer and educator, as a contemporary music pianist, he is well-versed in various genres of music which includes, jazz, classical, rock, and pop. This has enabled him to adapt to any style or genre of music while teaching his students. Alongside his skills as a pianist, Makinde is also a talented music producer and has an in-depth understanding of music production techniques, software and equipment. He currently is the Music producer and director for live performances at The Music Executives, where he oversees the entire production and ensures a seamless event.