Hi! I'm Brenda Earle Stokes - a pianist, singer, composer and educator. I have performed and toured internationally as a leader and sidemusician and released seven albums as a leader. My musical curiosity has ushered me into professional work as a pianist, vocalist and music director in the fields of rock, pop, music theater, classical and liturgical music. I am always learning and expanding my interest and knowledge base!
As an educator, I have taught for over 25 years in every imaginable field of music, including early childhood, elementary, middle and high school, college, graduate school and I have taught courses that train teachers. I have a private studio where I teach voice, piano, songwriting and musicianship in person and online - I have students all over the US, Canada and even Australia! I currently serve on faculty at Fordham University in New York City and I have served as a guest artist and adjudicator at schools and festivals all over the world.
I am the owner and creator of a suite of online courses called Piano and Voice with Brenda, which have served hundreds of students worldwide. The courses consist of video lessons, downloadable course books and live support, and they share my vast knowledge and experience in an accessible and affodable format.
I have devoted my entire life to the study of music and I'm so fortunate to get to share that knowledge with you! Take a moment to check out this site to learn more about my work. Make sure to sign up for the mailing list for exclusive videos, blog posts, practice tips and more!
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Piano Skills for Singers, Level 1 Learn the basics of piano in a quick and easy starter course. Perfect for anyone who is starting from scratch, or wants a refresher on the basics. 12 video lessons and a 40 page downloadable course book. BUY NOW
Piano Skills for Singers, Level 2 All the skills you need to be able to play voice exercises, chords and create your own accompaniments. 5+ hours of video lessons and a 150 page downloadable course book. BUY NOW
Jazz Piano Accompaniment Play authentic jazz piano, including chord voicings, comping figures, walking bass lines and how to read lead sheets. Super fun! 3+ hours of video lessons and a 100 page downloadable course book. BUY NOW
Piano Improvisation for Everyone! This course is for anyone who wants to explore the piano in a different way. Learn to improvise in several different styles. Great material to explore your creativity and to use with your students! BUY NOW
Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is an all-in-one online course that teaches musicianship skills that you can actually use. This course combines the Major and Minor Editions and includes a TON of bonus material! BUY NOW
Crash Course in Solfege: Major Edition is the course for singers and instrumentalists who want improve their pitch and build their ears. Solfege (the singing of Do, Re, Mi) is a secret weapon that has been used for hundreds of years to develop ear training and has been updated for the needs of today's musicians. BUY NOW
Crash Course in Solfege: Minor Edition the next step in building your ears to new levels! Sing La-based Moveable Do Solfege through the Natural, Harmonic and Melodic Minor scales and learn to hear minor in a new way. Perfect for singers and instrumentalists of all levels! BUY NOW
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