This is a teaching resource for music improvisation target at beginning improvisers. It can be implemented with all pitched instruments including voice. The activity is designed for settings such as band, string orchestra, and jazz combos. It can take up a whole music lesson; alternatively, some fragments of the activity can be used as warm-ups or starters.
This resource features one main activity and a follow-up activity as well as three levels for differentiation. It also features three musical examples in score format, six video clips that demonstrate the implementation of the activity, and a summary of key points and objectives.
The purpose of this resource is to teach students how to organize their own musical ideas in an improvisational setting. Consequently, this activity can be applied in a number of styles such as jazz, rock, funk, or any context that allows for improvisation. The focus of the activity remains the students’ ideas.
Augusto Monk, PhD in Music Education