Ready, Set, Improvise!: The Nuts and Bolts of Music Improvisation

ISBN : 9780190675929

Suzanne Burton; Alden Snell
136 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Oct 2018
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Improvisation - the creation of a unique combination of musical content within a musical context - is core to musicianship. As authors Suzanne L. Burton and Alden H. Snell II demonstrate, students already build skills that drive improvisation when they listen to music or imitate rhythmic patterns. Building from this observation, Ready, Set, Improvise! addresses improvisation in a cogent, clear, practical, and sequential manner. As an essential resource for music educators, this book synthesizes what we know about exemplary music teaching and learning, provides an easy-to-follow sequence for guiding improvisation instruction, and gives techniques for assessment of students' skill and conceptual development. Burton and Snell explore lessons in singing, rhythmic chanting, moving, and playing instrument exercises that prepare students to improvise. This all-in-one guide gives music teachers the necessary tools with which to plan the next steps for students to become independent musicians.


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Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Listening
Chapter 3. Musical Dialogue-Imitation
Chapter 4. Discrimination
Chapter 5. Musical Dialogue-Improvisation
Chapter 6. Application to Instruments
Chapter 7. Assessment

About the author: 

Suzanne L. Burton is Professor of Music Education at The University of Delaware.; Alden Snell is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.; Together they are co-editors of Engaging Musical Practices: A Sourcebook for Instrumental Music.

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