Piano Accompaniment for Singer-Songwriters

with Nora Meier

Thursday, May 9, 2024


Piano Accompaniment for Singer-Songwriters

  • Acoustic
  • Folk
  • In-Person Classes
  • Singer/Songwriter


An in-depth exploration of different self-accompaniment styles and techniques designed to support and enhance arrangements by singer-songwriters and those wishing to perform in that genre. We will study the piano accompaniment styles of other writers and apply that to students’ own original work or covers. We will focus on the relationship between melody and chords, comping patterns, chord voicings and common progressions.

Each week we will focus on a different songs that reflects the concepts we’ve been learning and students will be encouraged (but never required!) to share their original material.

This class will be taught as part lecture-style as we learn about the history and background of different accompaniment skills, part listening/viewing lab as we watch videos of live performances and do close listening to our favorite artists, and part interactive learning where students are given the chance to apply their skills in-person at the keyboard in a supportive classroom environment.

A keyboard will be provided for in-class use, as will 2 amps if you’d like to bring your own keyboard. Students should also have some way to practice at home.

Prerequisite: a basic understanding of major and minor triads and scales is helpful but not required.

This class will be held from 8:00-9:15pm ET on Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6

Please note: Limited to students 16 yrs of age or older; Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 2 hours before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is canceled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund. 

Nora Meier

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Nora Meier was drawn to music at an early age. Inspired by the artists she discovered in her parents’ expansive vinyl collection, it wasn’t long before she was pestering her parents to sign her up for piano lessons.At 12 years old she fell in love with songwriting, and in 2014 a recording of her first original song Remember was uploaded to YouTube and shared by the Huffington Post.

Encouraged by her mentor Moorea Masa to pursue her love of music, Nora began seriously honing her skills as an artist throughout her teenage years. In 2017 she wrote and produced her first single, Icicles, followed by a five-track EP, With Time. In their review of the EP, Divide and Conquer writes that Meier has “a magical combination of the deep rich tone of Fiona Apple and the jazzy melodic playfulness of Melody Gardot.” Her most recent single, Harvest Song, was released in May of 2022, and is now available on all streaming platforms. These projects would not have been possible without the support of artists such as Moorea Masa, Steve Swatkins, Margaret Wehr, Josh Powell and many more. She is currently studying at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

Meier has proven an ability to connect to the heart of the individual while uniting us through the emotions that make us human.

Other Classes You Might Like

Site by ICS