The Versatile Musician All-Inclusive Virtual Membership

Be confident. Be knowledgeable. Be VERSATILE.

As musicians, we are all trying to survive and THRIVE in today’s competitive market.

Nowadays, musicians need to do it ALL.

It’s not enough to be good at one thing (and let’s face it: you’re already GOOD).

In order to get better gigs, gig more frequently and attract and retain students, you need to be VERSATILE.

Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar?

1

In the middle of a voice lesson, your student puts a Jason Robert Brown song in front of you and you struggle to play any sort of accompaniment. You are frustrated and embarrassed that your piano skills have remained stagnant for this long.

2

You walk up to the bandstand feeling insecure that you won’t be able to keep up with the rest of the group. The gaps in your musical skills are making it hard to enjoy performing and you’re losing gigs over it.

3

You are getting ready for the start of a new teaching year and you are already getting that sinking feeling that your skillset is limiting what you are able to offer to prospective students. You want to grow your studio, but these holes in your skillset are holding you back.

I'm here to tell you, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Here's my story:

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Even though I studied piano from a young age, by the time I started my career I knew I was in big trouble. After 13 years of piano lessons, I couldn’t play my major scales properly, my theory knowledge was a mess and my musicianship was even worse. I was desperate to become a more versatile musician, but I had no place to turn.

I searched high and low for all the answers I needed, diving deep into ear training, improvisation, classical piano, voice technique, conducting, composition and musicianship. I spent a fortune on courses, institutes and so.many.private lessons, even after I had already finished (and paid for) 6 years of expensive post-secondary education.

All the hard work paid off, as I have been living and gigging in New York City for two decades, touring internationally, performing at top jazz clubs, and releasing six critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader. Being a versatile musician has enabled me to survive and thrive as a freelance musician.

Over the last 20 years have taught thousands of students and helped them level up their skills to find great success in their musical lives.

I created The Versatile Musician to help musicians like you find all the answers you need in one place and provide the support and the motivation you need to make it happen. The Versatile Musician is the product of a lifetime of music study and hands-on experience helping musicians from all walks of life and now I am making it all available to YOU.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

IMAGINE feeling confident at the keyboard, playing satisfying accompaniments to songs from different backgrounds.

IMAGINE your calendar filling up with gigs because you have expanded your skill set to perform more styles.

IMAGINE having the savvy to grow your studio because you are able to serve a wider range of students.

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The Versatile Musician is an all-in-one membership that combines video lessons, print material, and live support to help you level up your skills and thrive as a musician and music teacher.

Your Membership Includes...

27 hours of high-quality video lessons viewable on any device

400+ pages of meticulously notated downloadable print material

Access to ALL courses, including NEW content released monthly

Access to a private Facebook group where I answer questions and you can share your work with everyone

A monthly live call with me to check in on your progress and offer practice support

The chance to shape future courses, by requesting exactly what you need

Do these courses provide transformation?
You betcha!

Check out what these folks are saying...

I'm excited to recommend Piano Skills for Singers. This is a fantastic course and an absolute game-changer for voice teachers. Seriously. If your piano is just for scales, and you're convinced that you can't learn to play, think again! Brenda Earle Stokes is a wonderful teacher and her course is super organized! Each section gives you the confidence to move on to the next section. What I really loved was learning that you don't have to be a brilliant pianist to accompany your students!  Thank you, Brenda! This is a course that was long overdue!

Meredith Colby

Meredith Colby
Voice Teacher, Speaker, Blogger, Author
Chicago, IL

Brenda is an inspiration.  She lives and breathes her passion for piano and her course is clear, concise and it works!  I can’t wait to get to the piano every day now! Thanks, Brenda!!

Kath Williams

Kath Williams
Singer/Voice Teacher
Queensland, Australia

I think I'm genuinely obsessed with this course! No joke!
Thanks so much for making it. I can't tell you much it is doing for my
musicianship and confidence!

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Mel Lathouras
Jazz Vocalist and Voice Teacher
Brisbane, Australia

Brenda, Thank you for your course!  It fully lived up to its promise to teach me every basic I need in my studio in a few weeks of short daily practice. Icing on the cake is that you gave lots more information that I can get as much out of as I put into it digging deeper. I look forward to continuing to practice my "faking" skills and soon be accompanying myself and my students.

Winnie Fristoe

Winnie Fristoe
Vocalist and Teacher
Houston, TX

I seriously LOVE your course, it has been so liberating - for the first time in my life I have been feeling like "oh I can do this". And it's been fun! And fun to then practice chords in a couple of songs. So thank you!!! You opened the piano door for me that I previously felt was closed...

Teneha Greco

Teneha Greco
Music Teacher, Owner of Little Magpie Music
Brisbane, Australia

I cannot thank you enough for the effects, I am experiencing with your Solfege Crash Courses!!! One of my students had such intonation issues and we have worked through your solfege major course, it did wonders for her!!! Yeyyy!!!

Maike Andreo

Maiko Andreo
Singer/Voice Teacher Berlin, Germany

Some of the courses included are...

Piano Skills for Singers Levels 1&2
Jazz Piano Accompaniment – Solo
Piano Improvisation for Everyone!
Crash Course in Solfege
The ever-popular Rhythm Workout

...and much more to come!

hours videos lessons
pages downloadable materials
practice guides & checklists
students worldwide
unique videos
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Brenda playing the piano

After creating 7 best-selling courses and serving hundreds of students worldwide, I’ve learned a thing or two. I’ve learned that:

  • People excitedly purchase courses but then quickly lose motivation to follow through
  • People have a strong desire for a 1-on-1 customized experience

With this membership:

  • You'll have the opportunity to create a program customized to YOU
  • You'll have access to tons of content for one low monthly cost
  • You'll have a partner in your journey (ME!) to help keep you on track
  • If you become a founding member, you get all of this with the much-requested Rhythm Workout, which you’ve been waiting for

What areas of training are covered?

Piano skills: Practical methodology that gives you the training you can actually use

Rhythm: Clap and count your way to mastery and build your sense of pulse and groove

Sight-singing and Ear Training Skills: Learn to play by ear, sight-sing, and improve your fundamental sense of pitch

Jazz and Improvisation: Free yourself from the written page and create more spontaneously

Marketing: Learn skills to attract a wider student base and make more money

Career: Expand your music career and performance opportunities by improving your singing, your playing, your musicianship, your creativity, and your confidence

Need more proof?

I cannot thank you enough for your excellent courses and teaching! I have benefitted from your Piano Skills for Singers and used your Crash Course in Solfege with my private voice students & Choristers. You have a gift of taking complex topics and breaking them down in innovative ways while giving us efficient methods for practice. I can’t wait for your next course and teaching!

Melissa Ramb

Dr. Melissa Ramb
Director of Choristers at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke
Orlando, FL

Piano Improvisation for Everyone is an obvious choice for pianists who are curious about improvising, but it’s just as valuable for someone like me, whose primary instrument is not piano. First, because it’s always useful to approach things we already do in fresh ways and the course is broadening my palette as both an improviser and a teacher of improvisation. I’m already noticing a positive impact on my facility at the keyboard! Highly recommended!

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Andrea Wolper
Jazz Vocalist, Songwriter, and Educator
Brooklyn, NY

Brenda’s Piano Skills for Singers courses have been a Godsend for me. I studied piano as a small child and had an awful block when it came to fluidity on the piano. Over the years I’ve tried different things, but I still felt incompetent when it came to accompanying myself or my students. I’ve been practicing with Brenda’s courses for a couple of months and I feel the difference in my playing. She is methodical and clear and has been really helpful in guiding me beyond my inner invisible wall with the instrument. Thanks Brenda for your grace and contributions!

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb
Vocalist/Composer/Educator
Montreal

They are absolutely fabulous courses Brenda.....it is so great that I can watch and re-watch the videos over and over. I have learned so much and my skill level is increasing in leaps and bounds. I am now able to play with confidence when I am teaching, yay👏👏👏 thank you so much 🙏🙏🎹🎹

Robin Streiner

Robin Streiner
Singer and Teacher
Australia

What I want for you is to be confident in your musical skills and be the best musician you can be.

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Pianist and vocalist Brenda Earle Stokes’ career has garnered international acclaim for her work as a performer, composer, and educator.

Her performance career has taken her across the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, playing at venues like the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Toronto Jazz Festival, performing as a bandleader and side musician with artists such as Wycliffe Gordon, Maurice Hines, and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.

Described as “absolutely stunning” by One World Music, Brenda has released six albums as a leader, showcasing her masterful piano playing and expressive vocals. Brenda’s versatility as an artist has made her a sought-after educator, sharing her knowledge across the world with every imaginable group of musicians, from aspiring high school students to inspiring professional artists.