These testimonials are typical experiences from Music Everybody.
A Great Video Course
The Definitive Guide to Mastering Music Improvisation is a great course! I was able to rediscover and maintain my musicality as a musician and as a person. It has helped me to take the first step in realizing that music is a part of me and that I should truly cherish it.
Somewhat Reserved And Hesitant
I am a somewhat reserved, hesitant person by nature, and I usually don’t feel comfortable in seminar presentations. However, the environment of this particular seminar is one that allows me to feel more comfortable and natural than I normally feel. It has made me feel more comfortable speaking, performing, and presenting in front of other people.
Better And Better
This seminar gets better and better each day.
Jeffrey had volunteers take turns joining him at the piano to improvise music. The music they made together was hauntingly beautiful.
A Whole New World
This class has opened up a whole new world for me. This is going to reinvigorate and further my love of music.
The improvisations performed by the students were inexplicably beautiful. This has taught me that some of the most beautiful things are unplanned.
Really Enjoyed This Seminar
This class is like a new beginning to just make music in a way that is my own. It’s my music. I get to be creative in a musical sense and not worry about what others think. I really enjoyed this seminar.
I Thought, But Was Surprised
I thought this course might be long, boring, and tedious. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. Jeffrey, thank you for being an awesome teacher and making The Definitive Guide to Mastering Music Improvisation. It will be training that I remember for a long time.
Surprised With My Work
Today we wrote some music and I have to say that I was very surprised with my work. For some unknown reason, I am doing quite well with all of this composing. With this new look on music, I have gained a larger appreciation for people who compose music for a living.
My Favorite Thing
I think my favorite thing about the seminar is the relaxed atmosphere and the way people are comfortable enough to ask both serious and amusing questions.
We did an exercise singing together that really made the group come alive. Even though not all of us are singers, we still sounded good and that’s the magic of it all. Music really does transcend all people, it’s like it’s already in every single one of us; we just need a way to coax it out.
A Bit Nervous
When I heard that we were going to be composing, I was a bit nervous, but the exercise was not difficult and it was amazing to hear the final result.
Different From Any Other Webcast
Today was different from any other music seminar that I have ever taken. I usually don't enjoy music classes, because they are mostly theoretical and historical. I was expecting another of these "blah-blah-blah" lessons. Anyway, I felt this seminar was completely opposite. Jeffrey interacted with us and shared his experiences in music. He explained new terms in a very simple way. I felt comfortable with my peers and confident with this seminar in general. When Jeffrey played a piece of music for us, I felt like closing my eyes and traveling to those landscapes where the waterfalls and rainbow find each other.
I Was Really Nervous
I was really nervous to be in front of everyone in the class and play an improvisation. However, once I started playing, I became really engrossed in the music. I let the music surround me and I went along with it. Everything seemed to fall away when I was playing except the music. It brought me a sense of peace and took me to a place I have never experienced before. For the first time in my life, I understood what it must feel like to be a real musician and be completely in love with music.
The Perfect Seminar
Today’s session was amazing for me. I had no idea what to expect coming into it, yet once I heard Jeffrey start speaking I knew that it was the perfect seminar for me. I was expecting someone who was set on his style of music and not open to other forms, especially not hard rock and forms like it. When I started taking to Jeffrey and realized how much we had in common, it made the stress of life ease.
Everyone’s A Musician
Everyone is a musician. I know it’s a broad statement, but it works. Even those who had never touched a piano played well, even through their embarrassment. With this class, I have a new respect for musicians, including myself.
A Musical Family
Even though I come from a musical family, I am not in tune with whatever talent or ability I might have. And having the chance to express it and even learn about it helped crack that barrier a bit. This improvisation course has really helped enrich my life.
Grow In Musicality
Once the class started, I realized that the class was not intended to be a purely academic approach to music. Rather, it is a seminar where we draw from the experience of others to learn and grow in our own musicality.
My Favorite Seminar
This is my favorite music seminar because it is teaching me the most about myself. I’m seeing things I’ve never seen and doing things I’ve never done before. This is the first time I’ve ever composed anything and I love it.
Below you will find a sampling of testimonials from music educators.
Nothing Short of Life-Changing
The three-hour seminar with my composition students was nothing short of life-changing for them as you unlocked aspects of composing for the piano that they had never before considered. That you spent so much focused individual time with each of them made an indelible impression on us all. You made each student aware of his/her gifts as a young composer. The way you offered criticism was supportive and non-threatening, and you did it with a grace that proved to them beyond any doubt that you were their ally.
You may already be familiar with Mr. Chappell’s stellar credits as a concert pianist, recording artist, composer, ensemble musician, jazz pianist, and author. What can I contribute? The perspective of a colleague. I have heard him improvise fugues, perform major concerti and recitals (including his own compositions), direct student jazz ensembles, and lecture in classroom settings. His classes are the most popular in our department and the students adore him. The college administration has even asked him to lead seminars to help train new faculty members. Best of all, he possesses a dry wit tempered by an unerring sense of tact and propriety.
Mastery at Teaching
I have marveled at Jeffrey Chappell’s ability to reflect the true meaning of The Levine School of Music’s ‘faculty/performer’ to the highest quality level. His dedication to teaching his students in an inspiring manner, balanced with his international performance career is a tribute to his extraordinary professionalism. I have received more letters/comments from parents and the students in Jeffrey’s studio that rave about his rapport with his students, and his ability to inspire the students to push themselves “beyond” what they believed that could accomplish pianistically. His students always received the highest remarks/scores in their juries, and were exquisitely prepared for the student recitals they participated in. I also witnessed Jeffrey’s mastery at teaching not only of our private piano students, but traditional and jazz theory and ensembles — all levels, all skills, all ages. Jeffrey did it with not only panache but with excellence and innovation — always willing to find unique ways to inspire our students.
I have the highest admiration for Jeffrey Chappell’s artistry. He has a complete command of the piano, and his repertoire is large and unusually varied. His refined technique and communicative skills are equally strong in Mozart, Chopin, Ravel, and Brubeck. In addition, Jeffrey has a most inquiring mind and has probed a wide range of subjects both in and outside the field of music. He is a warm and congenial person with a high degree of professional ethics.
Ability to Inspire Students
Jeffrey has an unusually fine ability to inspire students not merely to play the piano well, but to love doing it. His students were often the highlight of our student recitals. He worked equally well with small children and with older adults at all stages of development. Our enrollment figures in piano nearly doubled the semester that he joined our staff. Jeffrey was especially valuable to us for his sincere interest in his students. He invariably gave extra time to students in need.
MEDIA TESTIMONIALS – IMPROVISATION
Below you will find a sampling of testimonials from the press about Improvisation.
The ensemble’s best quality was its improvisatory skill. Chappell’s solo was razor sharp.
Duke Ellington Richness
Jeffrey Chappell took his seat at the piano and began collaborating with bassist Pepe Gonzalez. Their alternately spacious and spry duets often evoked the richness, nuance and swing associated with Duke Ellington.
Enthusiastic Standing Ovation
Chappell is not only a fine pianist, but one who has made an in-depth study of the traditions of jazz. Chappell received an immediate and enthusiastic standing ovation.
Defies Unwritten Law
He continually defies the unwritten law that pianists can’t excel at both classical music and jazz.
This piece is one of Gershwin’s attempts to bridge the gap between classical music and jazz, and Jeffrey, who has jazz chops in addition to a formidable classical technique, made a complete success out of Gershwin’s effort, even to the point of giving the faster passages a bebop articulation which the composer would surely have arrived at, had he lived long enough to hear it. (Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” Variations with the Key West Pops Orchestra)
MEDIA TESTIMONIALS – COMPOSITION
Below you will find a sampling of testimonials from the press about Composition.
Challenges the Fingers
Jeffrey Chappell’s sonatas surely will satisfy pianists seeking inventive and well-crafted “written-out jazz” that challenges the fingers.
With the world premiere of his piano sonata, ´On The Wing´, Mr. Chappell weaves jazz and classical music ideas together in a composition that leaves a listener feeling airborne. The second movement is the most spellbinding.
In ´American Sonata´, composed by Mr. Chappell, he incorporated jazz, classical, and contemporary elements into a single work reminiscent of Erroll Garner and George Gershwin. One might call his style ´jazzical´.
MEDIA TESTIMONIALS – INTERPRETATION
Below you will find a sampling of testimonials from the press about Interpretation.
Some rise above their colleagues in how well and originally they communicate. One of the latter is Jeffrey Chappell. He ended his program with a reading of Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit which was one ofthe finest this writer has heard.
A Few Hours Notice
On a few hours notice, he replaced an ailing Claudio Arrau and performed, without benefit of rehearsal, the mighty Brahms Second Concerto. Chappell came through with flying colors and won a standing ovation.
Jeffrey Chappell in the prominent piano part was spectacular. (Scriabin’s ´Prometheus: Poem of Fire´ with the Baltimore Symphony and Sergiu Comissiona at Carnegie Hall)
There was an infectious grace to his art. It fell easily upon the ears, slipping into the heart like an enchantment. He caught the essence of Mozart´s classical style in fluid, transparent playing of tensile strength and radiant ease, always balanced, never a muscle showing. The sharpness of his rhythmic sense and the seeming spontaneity of his responses carried echoes of the jazz world. (Mozart Concerto K. 503)
Chappell is remarkable in intelligence and sensitivity. His technique is mastered to the point that one forgets it. The heart rules the fingers.
Most Persuasive Pianist
Jeffrey Chappell, soloist in Rhapsody in Blue, stylistically was one of the most persuasive pianistsI’ve heard.
Chappell established an immediate bond between himself and the audience. His Debussy ´Images´ transported the listener into a forgotten world.