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Improvisation - an introduction to its theory and practice.

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This multi-part course is about Improvisation - a phenomenon that has many facets in both its practical applications and its theoretical conceptions.

In this course we will be looking at Improvisation mostly through Improvisational practices related to music. But as we will try to understand the creative process of Improvisation in a general sense, our discussion will also have relevance to Improvisation in other artistic fields and contexts.

We will start by looking at the most common fields of Improvisation practices and continue by introducing theoretical conceptions and practical exercises as we progress with our investigation and discussion. We will relate to a multi-disciplinary approach that has been established in academia as critical improvisation studies.

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This course is structured in larger units or parts (roman numerals) and each of these parts consists of a number of chapters (arabic numerals).

Each chapter contains a video that will present the given topic very briefly and promote and advance our discussion.

In addition to that, most chapters will also contain an audio podcast and/or other materials, like reading lists or listening suggestions - that will help us to explore the given subject more deeply.


PART I - IMPROVISATION - COMMON PRACTICES AND TRADITIONS In this first part of the course we will try to get an idea what Improvisation is by looking at some of the most common improvisational practices, contexts and traditions.

PART II - EXPLORING IMPROVISATION - THE THEORY. Here we will discuss theoretical models and conceptions of Improvisation.

PART III - EXPLORING IMPROVISATION - THE PRACTICE Here we will explore some practical examples and exercises that will put the theoretical reflections of Part III into action.

PART IV - JAZZ IMPROVISATION Is an introduction to Improvisation in Jazz music discussing its specific idiomatic aspects.

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The goal of this course is to provide a theoretical overview and framework together with some practical examples for the study of Improvisation. This course can not replace the actual act and the experience of Improvising - but it will provide some helpful orientation and inspiration for practical exploration and theorethical studies.

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Veröffentlicht am May 20, 2021

Vlatko Kucan

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