Canada’s top jazz pianist hosts local workshop

Music teachers and students gathered around instructor Mike Janzen at the Starting to Improvise on the Piano on October 26th at Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre. 

Music students and teachers alike took in a special workshop hosted by Mike Janzen, one of Canada’s top Jazz pianists recently.

On October 26, Janzen held a workshop at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre called Starting to Improvise on the Piano. The one day event was a huge success which drew music students and music teachers from Lorette, Landmark and the Steinbach area.

According to Shannon Neufeld, with the Steinbach Arts Council, the workshop was an “absolute hit.”

“The workshop went well past the scheduled time as no one wanted to go home,” stated Neufeld.

Janzen shared his valuable tips and techniques on composition, how to break music down into small parts and use musical scales to enhance playing. He also mentored students and teachers in one-on-one sessions.

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