James Michael Stevens (b. 1961) is the Music Department Chairman of Welch College in Gallatin, TN. He has degrees from Samford University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and obtained a Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Kentucky. He is a published composer with numerous companies including Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, Alfred, Fred Bock Music, Imaginary Friends Music Partners, Warner Brothers, Score Keepers Music, LifeWay, Brentwood-Benson, Lorenz and others. His music includes choral, piano, and instrumental compositions in the school and church market and on network TV such as with The Young & the Restless on CBS. Dr. Stevens and his wife Babra reside in Nashville, TN.
2018 Breakout Sessions
Anywhere from Here
How to make smooth modulations and transitions from any key to any key with demonstrations on the spot.
Can You Hear It?
The basics of playing piano by ear for the non-ear player and opportunities to participate.
Chord Chemistry 101
Learn the exact meaning of chord symbols from the most basic to the most complex and how to accurately and practically form them for playing.
From Chords to Accompaniments
How to take the chords from a lyric or lead sheet and create effective accompaniments emphasizing contemporary accompaniment patterns and tasteful voice leading.
Hymn Improvisation for the Church Pianist
Learn different practical techniques of improvisation of traditional hymns with examples of different styles and on the spot discussing of selected hymns.
Piano Arranging and Composition
Discuss and examine writing techniques for the piano with an overview of Stevens' personal process of composition for the piano and other instruments.