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A Voice Teacher Sings Out for the Art of Improvisation

In Music Improvisation by jan_mfp

It was in late July 2013, when I (a classically trained singer and voice teacher) felt the wonderment of my first AOI experience with Music for People. Eager for another new and inspiring adventure, I walked into Lynn Miller’s vocal track class. With a sparkle in her eye and a welcoming smile, Lynn guided our …

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Improvisation: Bridge to Our Inner Music

In Music Improvisation by jan_mfp

My husband is sitting at the piano, arms crossed, elbows to finger-ends pressing down the keys, forehead resting on his arms, dead tired after a long, stressful day. “That’s a great sound,” I say. “Do it again.” He does–several times. He gets interested. Sitting up, he experiments with elbow, palm, and forearm sounds in different …

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Unwritten Notes: Improvisation for Classically Trained Musicians

In Music Improvisation by jan_mfp

“That was fun!” “I never thought of improvising right along with my students—what a great idea!” “I’m going to make improvisation a requirement for my piano classes.” “I think it’s sad that in all my long years of professional classical training, no one ever encouraged me to improvise my own music.” These were some reactions …

Music Improvisation Techniques

In Music Improvisation by jan_mfp

These improvising techniques are excerpts from the MLP training booklet, Return to Child. To purchase a copy of the booklet, see the MfP Store page. Warmups While warming up, give yourself permission to do anything that gets you physically warmed up and artistically engaged. Before starting, notice whether you’d prefer to start in a gentle …