You Too Can Play and Teach Improvisation. Philip Joyner, Jr. Memphis City Schools Instrumental Music Specialist. What is Improvisation?.
Philip Joyner, Jr.
Memphis City Schools
Instrumental Music Specialist
Webster’s New World Dictionary:Improvise:1. to compose and simultaneously perform without any preparation; extemporize2. to make, provide, or do with whatever is at hand
Multicultural music may be defined as music produced to reflect the artistic and social mores of people representing ethnicities, races and/or parts of the world.
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10. Overloaded Curriculum
9. Insufficient educational background
8. Insufficient music available for use
7. Insufficient musical instruments available
6. Insufficient administrative support
5. Inadequate instructional space
4. Lack of student interest in multicultural music
3. Lack of teacher interest in multicultural music
2. Inability to authentically represent music from other cultures
1. Insufficient time
1. It encourages creativity.
2. It enables a greater aural awareness.
3. It provides a mode of tension relief.
4. It helps introduce multicultural and interdisciplinary study.
5. It empowers students.
6. It contributes to greater command of the instrument.
7. It leads to more confident playing.
8. National and State standards.
9. Job security
10. It is FUN!
NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR MUSIC EDUCATION 1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. 2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. 3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments. 4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines. 5. Reading and notating music. 6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music. 7. Evaluating music and music performances. 8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts. 9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
Content Standard 3.0: Improvising Students will improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments. Learning Expectations: The student will 3.1 Create a simple rhythmic or melodic improvised solo over a given chord progression, through the medium of a traditional ensemble. 3.2 Create an improvised solo on melodies over a given chord progression, through the medium of jazz. 3.3 Create an improvised solo within specified guidelines, focusing on rhythm only.
Performance Indicators: At Level 1, the student is able to create a rhythmic improvised solo on a single pitch; create an improvised solo using only three (3) pitches over a given chord; create an improvised rhythmic solo without an accompaniment
2. Include it in an upcoming performance
3. Collaborate with colleagues for an integrated lesson plan
4. See performances – Live and videos
Have the students complete a story…
“The old car in my neighbors driveway seemed to deteriorate for years. To my surprise one hot and dry day...”
Offer the students 20 to 60 seconds to improvise on their instrument to these titles:
A bug in the classroom
Pizza and sodas
Instrumental MusicIntroduce students to the music of India- Land of Himalayan peaks, the TajMahal, elephants and tigers, over one billion people, summer temperatures over 100 degrees, etc. Instruments: tabla, tambura, sitar, sarod
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Multicultural Music Websites:
Philip Joyner, Jr.