What is the course about?
The practice of improvisation in classical music. These are playing sessions. 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?
We will create musical structures, and textures, and improvise phrases of 4 bars, 8 bars. We will address 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 a 16 bar piece of music.
Use improvisation to be more creative and expressive in the music pieces you study.
Explain how improvisation can be used in classical music.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
2 years of tuition is the minimum requirement, so you can play scales and arpeggios in basic keys. 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, tutor demonstration and explanation via video conferencing. 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/days.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring your instrument, paper and pencil, and any piece of music you are comfortable playing.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may also be interested in Improvising and composing your own cadenza.
More opportunities to study improvisation may come along. This short course is a supplement to the general instrumental programme.
A follow-up course.