Oct 23, 2021  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MSMUS 513 — Improvisation

2 credits
Peter Sykes

Focusing on one of the most essential skills for any musician, in this introductory course we learn to improvise on our instruments: creating a melody on the spot; developing variations on a given bass or chord progression; learning to modulate; improvising within an ABA or a larger form; playing by ear; experimenting with sound-based free improvisation; combining music with poetry; and more. We improvise mostly in small groups of duos or trios, balancing playing and listening. Open to all instruments and singers. No prior experience in improvisation is needed.​