BONUS: Improvisation Essentials for Classical Musicians

Welcome to Improvisation Essentials for Classical Musicians!

I remember improvising quite a bit as a kid, back in my Suzuki days. Just making stuff up, composing on the spot, for no reason other than it was fun. It even came in handy once on stage, when I had a memory slip, and just improvised my way along for a few lines until I found my way back to something familiar.

But at some point, I stopped doing it. And after years passed, the idea of improvising actually began to scare me, and I discovered I had all sorts of mental blocks, that made it feel impossible to even improvise a few ornaments here and there when I joined a Baroque orchestra in grad school.

Anyhow, improvisation doesn’t have to be scary. Or difficult. It can be a fun thing to practice. And help with developing the courage to take risks, be more improvisational and spontaneous, and musically freer even when playing classical music.

So I asked jazz violinist and educator Christian Howes, to put together an “essentials” course, specifically for classical musicians, to help you start exploring improvisation, and learn how to add these skills to your musical toolbox.

Have fun!

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Course Includes

  • 12 Lessons

There's an LIVE component too! (for educators)

If you’d like to explore some of the most essential skills and techniques in the course live, with a cohort of curious, thoughtful, supportive, and like-minded educators (and a few mildly irreverent or benevolently sarcastic folks mixed in to make sure we don’t get too serious), that’s also an option!

Starting Thursday, February 3rd, we’ll meet via Zoom once a week, and go through selected strategies related to effective practice, managing nerves, and achieving flow states under pressure. We’ll do some in-class playing experiments (don’t worry – you’ll be muted!), short weekly homework assignments, and small-group breakout sessions to help you integrate these new skills into your teaching.

This 6-week live course is normally $199, but is available at 50% off the regular cost when bundled with Beyond Practicing. For more details about the live course (and dates) CLICK HERE.