Jean-Michel Pilc is creating Music & Educational Videos
9
patrons
Life is improvisation, improvisation is life.
On this Patreon page, I will be sharing tutorial videos based on this simple principle.
If you become a patron, you will be able to access exclusive content - 2 or 3 videos per month, which any musician, regardless of style and level, can benefit from.

My name is Jean-Michel Pilc, I am a jazz pianist & composer, and Assistant Professor of Jazz & Improvisation at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I moved there in 2015, after spending 20 years in the NYC area. More biographical information can be found on my website, www.jeanmichelpilc.com.

My teaching is entirely based on my own experience as a self taught artist, who was hearing, then singing and tapping, then imitating, then playing music I loved. Before being a musician, I was, first and foremost, a music lover, and I am still in love of course.

You’re probably noticing the intensive use of the word 'love' here. Well, I really believe that the best engine for progress is love; love for the music, love for discovery, love for the sensations that the musical act makes you feel, love for the sensual, physical experience which you not only enjoy, but also communicate to the listener. When you are really “in the zone” while playing, you become a listener yourself, you hear and feel the music coming out of you, and you find yourself in the center of a magical energy loop. You are both music emitter and music receiver. And when you improvise, this miraculous process becomes amplified organically by the personal, natural, instantaneous, spontaneous, unique, “in the moment” creation act which needs no explanation nor analysis. A real state of grace can then be accessed. You speak music, you are music, instead of just playing it. Music, like life, becomes an experience, a discovery, and a revelation. 

Music is an art, it is a language. Improvisation, like life, is an experience where senses play a crucial part. Science and discipline matter only insofar as the feeling, the passion, the fire, the love and the mystery are present. My philosophy and my goal when teaching music are to make sure you build your craft the right way, from good, strong fundamentals, and that, thanks to simple but original rhythmic, melodic, physical, vocal exercises, your instrument becomes your voice, not just a tool which stands in the way of your creativity. You will discover improvisation in the same way you discover life, and my exercices are based on simple but striking analogies between the two: breathing, walking, jumping, appreciating distances, driving, meeting people, having conversations... Fluency, fun and authenticity are the key words here. I want you to be a musician, first and foremost, not a theoretician or a trained expert. I want you to experience emotions, feeling, swing, groove, beauty, and, last but not least, pleasure. I want to convey to you the fire and the passion without which music is just a word. If my fire and passion can feed yours, then I will consider myself successful here!

So… let’s get started. Rhythm will come first, and as you’ll see, there are already quite a lot of things we can do here.

I will help you become a self taught musician, with autonomy, curiosity, passion, and... love. I will help you live improvisation to the fullest.

I look forward to working with you on Patreon.

Tiers
C Major
$5 or more per month
Access to our patron only stream
Bb Major
$10 or more per month
Email me one question, and I'll answer it in a tutorial video
Cluster
$50 or more per month
 

A 1h online chat on FaceBook, Skype or WhatsApp, discussing the topic(s) of your choice at my piano.

Goals
9 of 100 patrons
When I reach 100 patrons, I will post a new and very special tune.
1 of 1
Life is improvisation, improvisation is life.
On this Patreon page, I will be sharing tutorial videos based on this simple principle.
If you become a patron, you will be able to access exclusive content - 2 or 3 videos per month, which any musician, regardless of style and level, can benefit from.

My name is Jean-Michel Pilc, I am a jazz pianist & composer, and Assistant Professor of Jazz & Improvisation at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I moved there in 2015, after spending 20 years in the NYC area. More biographical information can be found on my website, www.jeanmichelpilc.com.

My teaching is entirely based on my own experience as a self taught artist, who was hearing, then singing and tapping, then imitating, then playing music I loved. Before being a musician, I was, first and foremost, a music lover, and I am still in love of course.

You’re probably noticing the intensive use of the word 'love' here. Well, I really believe that the best engine for progress is love; love for the music, love for discovery, love for the sensations that the musical act makes you feel, love for the sensual, physical experience which you not only enjoy, but also communicate to the listener. When you are really “in the zone” while playing, you become a listener yourself, you hear and feel the music coming out of you, and you find yourself in the center of a magical energy loop. You are both music emitter and music receiver. And when you improvise, this miraculous process becomes amplified organically by the personal, natural, instantaneous, spontaneous, unique, “in the moment” creation act which needs no explanation nor analysis. A real state of grace can then be accessed. You speak music, you are music, instead of just playing it. Music, like life, becomes an experience, a discovery, and a revelation. 

Music is an art, it is a language. Improvisation, like life, is an experience where senses play a crucial part. Science and discipline matter only insofar as the feeling, the passion, the fire, the love and the mystery are present. My philosophy and my goal when teaching music are to make sure you build your craft the right way, from good, strong fundamentals, and that, thanks to simple but original rhythmic, melodic, physical, vocal exercises, your instrument becomes your voice, not just a tool which stands in the way of your creativity. You will discover improvisation in the same way you discover life, and my exercices are based on simple but striking analogies between the two: breathing, walking, jumping, appreciating distances, driving, meeting people, having conversations... Fluency, fun and authenticity are the key words here. I want you to be a musician, first and foremost, not a theoretician or a trained expert. I want you to experience emotions, feeling, swing, groove, beauty, and, last but not least, pleasure. I want to convey to you the fire and the passion without which music is just a word. If my fire and passion can feed yours, then I will consider myself successful here!

So… let’s get started. Rhythm will come first, and as you’ll see, there are already quite a lot of things we can do here.

I will help you become a self taught musician, with autonomy, curiosity, passion, and... love. I will help you live improvisation to the fullest.

I look forward to working with you on Patreon.

Recent posts by Jean-Michel Pilc

Tiers
C Major
$5 or more per month
Access to our patron only stream
Bb Major
$10 or more per month
Email me one question, and I'll answer it in a tutorial video
Cluster
$50 or more per month
 

A 1h online chat on FaceBook, Skype or WhatsApp, discussing the topic(s) of your choice at my piano.