Rock Improvisational Techniques 1

Course Number
PSIM-231
Description

The four-course sequence in rock improvisation is designed to cover all skills relevant to creative performance in that idiom. Major techniques discussed in this course include pacing, rhythmic density, melodic and rhythmic embellishment, chord scale practice, and nonharmonic melody notes. Students will learn what and how to practice and will develop the skills necessary for individual and group improvisation. Various styles of rock (progressive, blues, classic, contemporary) will be used for demonstration, practice, and performance activities. Classes will be instrumentally balanced with students of similar improvisational backgrounds. Students will be required to perform each week.

Credits
2
Prerequisites
Overall ensemble rating 3
Required Of
None
Electable By
All B.M. and P.D. students
Major Elective for
Performance
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Location
Boston
Department
PERF
Course Chair
Karen Bell
Taught By
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