SUMMER PIANO INSTITUTE OF IMPROVISATION & COMPOSITION
July 20-24, 2015, 9:30AM-12:30PM: Late Beginners to Intermediate
July 27-31, 2015, 9:30AM-12:30PM: Intermediate to Advanced
Creating one’s own music may be one of the most exhilarating experiences for a musician. Traditional piano lessons teach students to read and interpret pre-written music, but does not encourage or guide students to explore creating their own music.
We start improvising with students from Day 1 of our lessons. Students are taught to read music but we don’t want their “seeing” to stop them from hearing, creating and imagining. Improvising on the piano can stir one’s imagination and empower students to explore their own creative voice through the piano as the medium. Musical improvisation happens within a boundary where students can freely experiment rhythmically and melodically. Through improvisation, students also get a better grasp of music theory, improve their technique and internalize rhythm.
Creativity needs and deserves time. And when creating, it is exciting to learn and collaborate with others. That is why we offer this very special opportunity during the summer months: Summer Piano Institute of Improvisation and Composition (SPIIC). In this exciting and innovative class, we will take it one step further and encourage students to compose their own music and produce a score. By working in and with a group, students will have access to inputs and encouragements from not only the instructor but also their peers.
Note: This is NOT a jazz improvisation class. We will work with wider genres of music.
Pre-Requisite: For current piano students of a studio or students with previous piano studies. Open to early intermediate to advanced levels.
Class Size: 5 students max in each class
*For questions or to register, please send an email.