Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

Lab fee:


This “hands on” theory/performance course for singers, instrumentalists, guitarists, pianists, drummers, etc., deals with improvisation, a spontaneous exchange or interplay of musical ideas and moods.

It offers the musician the opportunity to utilize his or her technical ability to its fullest extent while enjoying the creative freedom of spontaneous composition.

The class addresses technical and aesthetic aspects of improvisation in all styles of music (Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical, Folk, etc.), including the elements of melodic development, melodic clichés, rhythmic and melodic embellishment, harmonic substitutions, and development of the ear. It is multilevel in format, allowing for students of all technical proficiency to participate. In addition to two class sessions weekly (where extensive time will is spent in performance situation), each student also meets with the instructor on a private basis. In short, this course enables students to use the “tools of improvisation” to be able to make a “personal musical statement” while playing, singing, “jamming,” etc.




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