Cultivating Creative, Motivated Students - Part 2: Improvisation

In the first article, we talked about using multimedia to foster creativity and motivate your students. (If you missed it, click here.) In part 2 of this 3-part series, we will be discussing improvisation. Don’t be afraid of this one, either! Musical improvisation is not just for jazz musicians, it’s for all musicians. It’s the basis of composition and experimentation, and it’s necessary to find one’s expressive voice. Imagine a child who learns to speak English but can only recite poems and monologues. He never creates his own sentences. How bizarre! And yet many musicians don’t improvise or create what they want to “say” with music. They only recite what others have written. Even with begi

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