Jazz Piano for Busy People

Course 1 | Jazz Piano Foundation

About This Course

(Coming Soon in 2020)


The Jazz Piano for Busy People series is a suite of courses which are designed to take any pianist from point A to Z in an efficient 6-week package. Course 1: Jazz Foundation is the first, foundational course in the series. If you want to learn jazz piano, and can carve out 20 minutes/day for six weeks, Jazz Piano for Busy People courses are perfect for you. (Check back soon to see the full list of Jazz Piano for Busy People course options.)


It all starts here with core skills acquisition in Course 1: Jazz Foundation. In this course you'll become fluent in Voicing & ii-V-I Pattern Positions #1, and #2. Also you'll get a start on applying those voicings/patterns to chord progressions as well as playing them in simplified bossa nova and swing feel styles. In all of the Jazz Piano for Busy People courses, you will apply what you've learned to actual songs so that you can put your new skills to practical use!

Please check back for more: this class is in development.

Your Instructor

Michele Weir
Michele Weir

Over a life-long career in music, Michele Weir has touched the lives of students around the globe and influenced the growth and development of jazz education. Through her many creative arrangements for vocal and instrumental groups, and her talents as a pianist and singer, Michele is highly respected for her versatile skill set and ability to inspire. As one student put it, “Thank you again for being such an amazing mentor. You are truly the person I strive to be.”

Michele’s arrangements are performed by renowned vocal groups including The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, The Swingle Singers, M-Pact, Beachfront Property, Chanticleer, Voice Trek, and her orchestral works played by various symphonies including the Boston Pops. Her educational arrangements are distributed by leading publishers including Hal Leonard, Alfred Publishing, Shawnee Press, SMP Jazz as well as her own online company, MichMusic. As Vocal Producer for the Manhattan Transfer’s 2009 CD release, The Chick Corea Songbook, Michele worked closely with the Transfer and contributed two arrangements to the project. Other arrangements or compositions have been featured on the Shari Lewis TV show, Disney’s 101 Dalmations Sing-along CD, and the Holland America Cruise line.

Currently on faculty at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Michele taught previously at USC, CSU Long Beach, and the Phil Mattson School. As a highly sought-after teacher and clinician, Michele has been invited to teach in 23 countries to date and has delivered presentations for some of the world’s most prestigious music conferences including the World Choral Symposium, the IAJE and JEN Conferences, and the ACDA National Conference. Her educational book/CD sets, Vocal Improvisation (Advance Music), Jazz Singer’s Handbook (Alfred Publishing), and Jazz Piano Handbook (Alfred Publishing) are available internationally. In 2015 Michele's iOS app, ScatAbility was released; this is the first-ever app for scat singing practice!

Michele’s past tours as pianist and/or singer range from Ogalla, Nebraska to Carnegie Hall, South Korea with Patti Kim to Atlantic City with Bobby Vinton, and more. A former vocal member of the Grammy Nominated PM Singers (under the direction of Phil Mattson,) Michele also contributed arrangements to the group’s concert repertoire and recordings. Her duo CD as a vocalist with jazz guitarist Bruce Forman is titled, The Sound of Music. In her role as Music Supervisor for the DreamWorks film, Prince of Egypt, Michele journeyed through Europe and Asia to oversee the music production for the film’s foreign language dubs.


Frequently Asked Questions

When Does the Course Start and Finish?
Your course will start and end on the dates you choose. Unless otherwise noted on the Course Homepage, you can take it at your own pace!

How Long Do I Have To Access the Course?
For as long as the MusicHabit school is up and running (hopefully forever,) you have access to the course! It’s always available for you.

What if the Course Isn't Right For Me?
We want you to be happy. If you decide the course isn't right for you we offer a full money back guarantee within the first 30 days.

Where Can I Go for Help if I Need it?
Ask a question in the MusicHabit Network Facebook Group for support or contact us directly.

This course is closed for enrollment.