How do you work on improvisation in your group classes?

Improvisation activities with your group classes can be surprisingly effective. Working with their peers can help encourage and motivate students to try out different ideas and get over any initial hesitation they have about improvising. It is an activity that can engage everyone, and students get to develop their aural skills as they listen to eac...
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Improvising for non-improvisers

When you hear dazzling improvisation from top jazz players, you may be overcome by something very akin to inertia. "I could never do that so I'm not even going to start," could well sum up many people's view on improvisation. My wife once summed up her own view of jazz as "a lot of men showing off." Cruel (but fair) as this jibe might appear, ...
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