Think in Chords, Not Notes: Accompanying Yourself on Piano

With Athena Reich



This four-week workshop is the fast track to accompanying yourself on piano. Learn quick hacks to singing and playing your favorite songs.

Schedule: Tuesdays, November 17, 24, December 1, 8, 2020, 1 pm -2:30 pm

8 spots remaining


This workshop is the fast track to accompanying yourself on piano. From organizing notes into chords, harmony, accompaniment patterns and musical cohesiveness, each session provides you with quick hacks to singing and playing your favorite songs.

Please come to the first class with 1-3 songs you are eager to learn. Google the name of your song and ‘chords’ so you have sheet music to begin working on.

Teacher Bio

Athena Reich is an award-winning singer-songwriter, actress and Lady Gaga impersonator. Chatelaine calls her the “World’s Top Lady Gaga Impersonator.” Her original music videos charted #1 on MTV LOGO and her song “Love is Love” won Best Pop Song at the Outmusic Awards. Nominations include Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Humanitarian Songwriter of the Year. She has toured across North America and Europe and shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Jim Carrey and Janeane Garofalo. Athena has 5 albums and 3 dance EPs under her belt, and her lyrics are on display at the International Museum for Peace and Solidarity in Uzbekistan. She was commissioned to write poetry for the New York Aquarium by the Wildlife Conservation Society, and her music has also been accepted into the New York Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Centre. She holds a BFA in Music from Concordia University, and deepened her craft through master classes at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York.


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Who Should Take This Workshop?

Beginner through advanced are welcome to participate. Workshop will be adjusted according to students’ levels, needs and interests. 

Equipment Prerequisite

You will need access to a keyboard or piano in order to practice during these workshops. 

Workshop Breakdown

Week 1: Fast & furious intro to music harmony. What are all these notes, and how do I organize them into chords?

Week 2: Major & minor chords; 7ths, diminished and more.

Week 3: Rhythm, arpeggios and accompaniment patterns.

Week 4: Putting it all together: Playing our favorite songs!

Other Workshops by Athena Reich

Sensational Songwriting: The Art and Craft of Song

Find Your Voice: A Technical Singing Workshop



Athena was friendly, encouraging, perceptive—obviously a seasoned professional with valuable insight to bear on song structure, etc.”

Event Details

Session 1: November 17, 2020

Session 2: November 24, 2020

Session 3: December 01, 2020

Session 4: December 08, 2020

Start time: 13:00 EDT

End time: 14:30 EDT

Venue: Zoom conference