What is the course about?
The practice of improvisation in classical music, through practical exercises and exploration. To get an idea of how improcisation can be used, watch and listen to tutor Lindsey Filliingham in action with Ad Lib Ensemble [external website].
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- how to create musical structures and textures, and improvise phrases of 4 bars, 8 bars and longer
- responding to other musicians through improvisation
- developing short musical ideas into longer phrase
- improvising melodic material over a given harmonic basis
- the history and application of improvisation in classical music.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Improvise with other musicians
Create your own melodies
Develop a 4 bar melodic phrase into longer pieces of music
Use improvisation to be more creative and expressive in the music pieces you study
Understand how improvisation can be used in classical music.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For instrumental musicians who have completed at least two years of tuition on a single line instrument (not keyboard/guitar). You need to be able to play scales and arpeggios in major and minor keys up to three sharps/flats, and recognise basic musical elements such as pulse and phrase. You do not need prior experience of improvising.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This class will be taught online via live interactive video sessions.
Tutor demonstration and explanation, and practical exercises. You will have the chance to play along with the tutor as well as individually. There will be some presentation of history and music theory. You may be asked to practise between the sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All you need is your own instrument and technology to connect to the live online sessions and the Google Classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to take this course again (it is offered 2-3 times per year).
This short course is a supplement to the general instrumental programme, and you are encouraged to explore improvisation in your regular instrumental playing, or apply it in ensemble playing.