Improvisation Workshops

Group Size Groups of up to 8 participants
Styles Classical and Jazz
Skill Level All levels
Pricing On application

Worskhops

Introduction: Skills in Improvisation offer:

the means of self expression;
an immediate response to family/community demands for spontaneous musical enhancement on social occasions; and
a practical understanding of music grammar and form.

Components:

Improvised accompaniment: simple chord progressions used to accompany known songs.
Improvised arrangement of known pieces: using simple voicing (eg ‘shell’ chords to provide harmonic support for a simple melody).
Improvised melody; and
Jazz improvisation: the ubiquity and foundational importance of II-V-I progressions in building an essential repertoire of chord progressions and an overview of what follows.

Sessions and participants:

Eight workshops each of two hours duration are offered over four days. This allows time for practice and problem identification.
Numbers are limited to eight to allow for maximum ‘hands-on’ participation.

Instruments:

At least four keyboards, of any description (but don’t bring a nine foot grand or a pipe organ!), will be required.
Participants whose principal instrument is other than keyboard centred can benefit, particularly if they have some basic functional keyboard skills.

Fees:

The fee for eight sessions will be assessed upon expenses involved.

Textbook:

The textbook used will be my 'Improvisation in Concept and Practice' published by ANZCA.

Narre Warren North, VIC
Travelling in the local area
(03) 9796 8653 or 0408 298 530

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Details last updated on October 22, 2012