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Skidmore College
Music Department

NazarenkoJohn Nazarenko

Artist in Residence



MP 195: Class Study of Jazz Piano
Study of Jazz Piano voicings, scales, and modes for improvisation. Left-hand chording patterns, harmonic structures, and accompanying scales will be emphasized. Other areas of study will include diatonic and chromatic voice leading, phrasing and solo development, functional harmony, bass lines, and solo jazz piano technique. Class will read selected jazz charts and listen to and analyze contemporary and historical jazz pianists. Prior keyboard experience and music reading helpful but not required. 2 credits.

MP 281, 381: Private Musical Instruction
Individual 45 minute or 1 hour weekly instruction in jazz piano or jazz guitar improvisation and technique. Prospective students accepted by audition/interview. 2 credits.

MU 275, 276: Small Jazz Emsembles
Jazz improvisation and performance in a small combo setting. Students are grouped by instrument and performance level. On and off campus performances throughout the semester. Open by audition. 1 credit.

MU 255: Introduction to Electronic Music
Introduction to the use of electronic sound generating equipment, tape recorders, and other mechanisms common to the elctronic music studio. Study of elementary acoustics. Introduction to works of various styles by established electronic composers. 3 credits.

MU 361: Topics in Recording and Engineering Technology
The study and practical application of advanced music technology topics chosen at the discretion of the instructor. Topics may include advanced MIDI applications; recording engineering, production, and marketing; digital synthesis, recording, and editing. Non-liberal arts. 3 credits.

Additional Teaching Experience:

Williams College
Faculty in jazz piano

Luzerne Music Center
Faculty in jazz piano improvisation and ensembles.

Skidmore Jazz Institute
Faculty in jazz guitar and ensemble.

Private Lessons
Jazz piano, guitar and improvisation.

Director of Skidmore Inward Bound Pre-Orientation Program
Pre-orientation program for incoming new students focusing on creative self awareness.


Jazz Piano: Technique, Improvisation, and Studies in Melodic Development.  Piano Text Book, 175 pages. Technique and Improvisation, Theory, Harmonic Analysis, Sample solos, Chord Cycles and more!

Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Jazz Improvisation Play Along Book & CD.  Play-along Book and CD. 12 Standards in C, Bb, & Eb melody charts with Piano & Bass parts plus chord analysis of each tune.

Arrangements for Small Jazz Combos. 39 Classic Jazz Tunes arranged for 3-10 piece jazz combos

Piano Standards Arrangements


  • Concert and Club Performances
  • Studio Sessions on piano, bass, & guitar
  • Record and CD Production
  • Audio Mixing and Mastering
  • Audio Production for Broadcast
  • Arranging and Score Production
  • Composition