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Four Days - Three options!

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One Day Seminar

Training the Eye and the Ear
July 10, 2018, 8:30 am – 5 pm
In-depth insights into sight reading & music learning theory with Samantha Coates & Thomas Hoops.

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Three Day Workshop

Finding balance on and off the bench.
July 11-13, 2018, 8:30 am – 5 pm
With Samantha Coates, Bradley Sowash, & Leila Viss.

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Four Day Seminar & Workshop

All Four Days
July 10-13, 2018, 8:30 am – 5 pm
with Samantha Coates, Thomas Hoops, Leila Viss, & Bradley Sowash.

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Refund Policy
Because we are a small boutique workshop, each student has a big impact on our planning and budget i.e. how many pianos to provide, how many meals to prepare, etc. However, we also understand that unforeseen circumstances may prevent a paid registrant from attending the workshop. So we are happy to offer a full refund minus a $50 processing fee provided we receive an email notifying us of the necessity to cancel on or before July 1. No refunds will be offered after this date.





Equalize your reading and improvising skills… they’re not opposites!


Kellie B. talks about her experience at an 88 Creative Keys Workshop.

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What to expect in Denver:

What:  A professional development workshop like none other--guaranteed!

When: Tuesday, July 10-13, 2018, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

Where: Denver Christian School in Lakewood, Colorado.

Options: Come Tuesday only, or Wednesday - Friday, or stay all four days.

Food: A light breakfast, lunch, and snacks. All well-balanced--of course!

Materials: Included in the tuition.


Topic's we'll cover during the workshop:

 Topics we'll cover

Meet your 2018 master teachers

Samantha Coates

is a professional pianist and teacher with nearly 30 years’ experience in both private and group tuition. She is the author and publisher of BlitzBooks, the music education series that has captured the imagination of students across Australia and transformed the teaching of music theory, sight reading and general knowledge. Samantha’s ongoing dedication to making music education as fun as possible has seen her find many ways to engage students’ interest and enthusiasm. Her aim is to make music more accessible to all instrumentalists through a holistic approach to the teaching of music theory, sight reading, aural and general knowledge.

Thomas Hoops

has over 25 years’ experience in the piano studio and has refined a method to keep the drive alive and the work fun. Hoops holds a B.A. in Music and M.M. in Music Education. He has won many awards and scholarships and is certified by the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) in Elementary Music level I. Thomas is a member of Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) along with state (CSMTA) and local (AMTA) affiliations. Thomas is in demand as a presenter and speaker on his unique approach to music learning. He also has experience with solo performance, rock/blues band, studio recording and sound engineering, and composition. An accomplished pianist, Thomas plays and teaches in all musical styles.

Leila Viss

Leila Viss

uses innovative, tech-savvy lesson plans to develop lifetime pianists at her independent, creative-based piano studio. She holds a church organist position, blogs at, writes a regular column for Clavier Companion called “Teaching With Apps” and authored The iPad Piano Studio, now distributed by Alfred Music. With Bradley Sowash, she is co-founder of 88 Creative Keys, a tech-savvy workshop promoting creativity at the keys for students and teachers. She has helped with planning the 2013, 2014 MTNA Jazz/Pop Tracks and serves as chair of the Creative Pianist Track for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Bradley Sowash

is a jazz pianist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, author known for his innovative online jazz piano classes, as the co-founder with Leila Viss of 88 Creative Keys webinars and workshops, and as the author of popular keyboard improvisation books published by Kjos Music. He also writes a column about improvisation for Clavier Companion and self-publishes works for ballet, big band, choir, film, orchestra, solo piano and string quartet.