Fundamentals of Improvisation
Sep 17 - May 13 (Saturday)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
From Sep 17, 2016 to May 13, 2017
Each Saturday from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Designed for classical musicians as part of their overall musicianship education, this course combines group work on improvisation techniques with specific projects tailored to individual students, based on their repertoire, experience, musical strengths and challenges. Integrating the disciplines of music theory and performance, the course is designed to help students nourish their own creativity, and give them tools for their music practice in general. Though there will be highlighted focused performance opportunities (recitals, contemporary music weekend), an equal emphasis of the class will be on inclass exploration, as individuals and as a group, of the following: further development of the ear: memorization, pitch-matching, harmonicmelodic implications, ensemble improvisations; ornamentation and embellishments (in Baroque, Classical, Romantic, contemporary styles); cadenzas; harmonization of melodies (Schubert melodies, folksongs, selected passages from students? repertoire); harmonic realization (figured bass to fakebooks); dramatic characterizations (in both tonal and atonal improvisations); patterned improvisations (rhythmic, modal, passacaglia, blues, etc.); mind/body techniques for improvisation, practice, rehearsal, performance.
If you have questions about this class please call the NEC Prep School office at (617)585-1160. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in class.
New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education