The improvisation portion of the workshop is divided into
two sections; vocal and instrumental.
Both work towards similar goals, exposing students to different areas of improvisation.
The different age groups cover the same concepts using age appropriate activities.
The students experience a variety of activities including keeping a steady beat, rhythmic and melodic echoing, call and response exercises, body percussion, 12 bar blues, components of improvisation, improvising as a group and as a soloist, and jazz listening examples. The exercises prepare students to create on their own. The main goal is to eliminate a fear of creating music on the spot. Students are encouraged to communicate feelings and experiences through music, without boundaries. “The crazier the better!” is our motto.
The end result is presented as a jazz improvisation ensemble that can create music without inhabitations. Students are selected to perform the 12 bar blues on Orff instruments, while others are selected to play percussion and improvise using Orff instruments and voice.