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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Mannes College The New School for Music
Course Number: CAPR 5032
Course Format: Group Lessons
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This workshop concentrates on mastering one of the most essential skills for the performing musician: the art of improvisation. The ability to improvise develops confidence, freedom of expression, and the use of imagination and creativity in music making. Additionally, it leads to compositional insights regarding musical structure, and provides an unmatched communication between the performer and the listener. The activities in the workshop range from Baroque and Classical improvisation, in genres such as cadenzas, variations, and minuets, to freer styles, that incorporate ensemble improvisation and working with words and music. Throughout the course, the application of improvisation to performance is stressed, both as a practicing tool and in concert. A final concert of improvised music concludes the workshop. Open to graduate instrumentalists and singers.