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Music Improvisation: Concepts and Practice

Semester and Year SP 2018
Course Number ARTS-UG1345
Section 001
Instructor Kwami Coleman
Days R
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Units 4
Level U


Lab fee: $35. Course meets at The Collective, 541 Sixth Avenue.


This course guides undergraduate students through the fundamentals of improvisation in various formal structures, sonic environments, and musical styles, and is open to students with a moderate level of experience on an instrument or singing (computer musicians included). Students who have experimented with or utilize improvisation as a central part of their approach are encouraged to enroll. For the theoretical dimension of the course, students learn about improvisation in history and specific cultural contexts, exploring a series of case studies of improvised music around the globe—instrumental, vocal, and mixed—in terms of its specific practice and function. For the practice-based dimension, students will rehearse and perform or share their own music created in response to prompts by the instructor. The goal of this class is for student-level music creators to gain practical knowledge of, and develop experience in, improvisation in an array of applications.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)