ERIC Number: ED207885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Improvisation in the General Music Class. An Instructional Program.
This guide contains activities for teaching improvisations to a high school general music class. Improvisation is the most unique, and probably the most intimidating factor of jazz. By its very nature improvisation is an extremely personal expression that may indeed be difficult, however by no means impossible to teach. Due to a lack of experience and training in this respect, a large number of music educators feel inadequate teaching jazz. Through the activities in this guide, teachers will be able to help students experience improvising and help them gain a much greater understanding and an aesthetic appreciation for both the art of improvisation and jazz. The instructional unit is divided into three sequential sections beginning with rhythmic improvisation, followed by pitch (melodic improvisation) and harmonic progression, and culminating with jazz improvisation. The underlying concept throughout the entire program is one that stresses the aural aspect of learning. There are a number of listening exercises that require immediate recall. There are also a number of creative activities that are not of an improvisatory nature. Most of the exercises in the guide are adaptations of concepts presented by persons such as Carl Orff, Dominic Spers, and Jerry Coker. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Jazz Educators, Birmingham, AL.