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Epic Improvisation

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Really? Rapping The Odyssey? Really. A discussion of the oral tradition of story telling and its links to Epic poetry sets the stage for a series of activities that encourage improvisation to integrate music into other classrooms....
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Creative Drama and Improvisation

For Teachers 4th
Spend some time exploring various components of theater such as movement, voice, staging, ensemble, improvisation, characterization, directing, technical elements, and self-concept. They perform in various improvisation exercises and...
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How to Make Improvised Clothing

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
What to do? Out in the woods without anything to wear? No worries, you can use things you've salvaged to make improvised clothing. Show this clip prior to going to science camp, to demonstrate creative thinking in action, and to show the...
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Creating a Therapeutic Soundscape: Ambient Improvisations and Planned Catharsis (CTE)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How is music a form of therapy? Scholars explore the topic using the fourth and final lesson from the Changing One's Tune: A Music Therapy STEM series. Learners explore the relationship between music and the mind and describe the power...
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Comparing Two Improvisations

For Students 6th - 8th
Jazz improvisation can be difficult to listen to for some music enthusiasts, however there are patterns and characteristics that can be analyzed. They use this Venn diagram to aid them in comparing two improvisational pieces, where they...
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Improvisations

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars perform improvisations in front of their classmates. They have no time to prepare. The object is spontaneity. Their roles and situations are given to them on the spot and they have to react immediately. Students...
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The Giving Tree - Improvising Music for a Story

For Teachers K - 2nd
If you are reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, bring music to your class's interpretation with a lesson about musical improvisation. After listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, kids use their own understanding of music as well as...
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Improvising Music Through India, USA, and European Traditions

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover an Indian influence on Blues music. In this music lesson, students explore improvisation and compare the traditions of different cultures and styles. Students develop the blues scale, cyclical music, and compose short...
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Improvisation

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students demonstrate their improvisation skills by participating in various activities and assignments that require students to use their improvisation skills. They demonstrate their understanding of improvisation by observing a...
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Improvisational Setting - "Where are You?"

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders explore setting through improvisations.  In this theatre lesson, 2nd graders perform a variety of improvisations in different settings and chart how they established the setting in the different environments. 
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Improvising Music

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners watch "The Greatest TV Moments: Sesame Street Music A to Z" and improvise melodic and rhythmic embellishments for the song "O What A Beautiful Morning" or "Rubber Duckie."
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Teaching Improvisation to Young Students in a Music Technology Lab Using a Sequencer

For Teachers 4th - 7th
You'll need to be a little tech savvy to teach this music lesson. Pupils will attempt to play along with an accompaniment piece you've created using music software. They will be assessed on their performance and ability to identify and...
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Fairy Tale Variations

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Here are two great lessons that work together and are inspired by the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. Young writers and actors will retell the story of "The Frog Prince" through games, improvisational script writing, and song....
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Theatrical Economics

For Teachers K - 3rd
Read then role-play the characters from story of If You Give A Pig a Pancake. Young actors use improvisation and characterization to create the characters from the story. They will also write and role play original version of the story...
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Rhythm and Improv, Jazz and Poetry

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Connect the ideas of jazz improvisation and art to writing poetry. Learners collaborate and write different lines of poetry, imitating the jazz styles of improvisation and freewriting. Take a close look at the poems "Tenebrae" by Yusef...
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Jazz in America

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Learners participate in a class discussion about jazz music, compare improvisation with regular conversion, listen to various jazz musicians and compare and contrast their individual sounds.
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Writing a Dialogue-A Jazz Conversation Using Collective Improvisation

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils examine collective improvisation in jazz music.  In this music arts instructional activity, students use a video about a popular jazz composer to discuss the idea of collective improvisation.  Pupils watch the videos as well as...
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Jazz and Math: Improvisation Permutations

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students observe that there are myriad combinations of rhythms to choose from when improvising jazz and blues music, and recognize that while the variations seem infinite, they are in fact finite. They notate a 12 bar blues progression...
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Jazz Exploration: A Collage Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore and experience jazz through collage. They listen to improvisational jazz, discuss the origins of jazz, then design and create a collage that shows jazz being played. This project will result in amazing works of...
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The Art of Improvisation

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Students explore the work of 3 for All. In this performing arts activity, students watch a video segment about the improvisation group 3 for All, study improvisation, and participate in their own improvisation routines.
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Improvisational Infomercials

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders define improvisation. They take part in first-hand improvisational activities through infomercials. Then they apply improvisation to real-life situations as well as reflect on their experiences.
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Chords and Improvisation

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders identify and interpret how to recognize traditional harmonic progressions such as I-V-I in writing or performance. They experience improvising simple melodic patterns based on traditional harmonic progressions. By coupling...
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Improvisation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to the concept of improvisation. In groups, they practice improvising a different scenario given to them and explore the various ways people communicate with each other. To end the lesson, they reflect on the...
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Gamelan-Style Melodic Elaboration: A Music Class Activity

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Music world get ready, your young performers are going to practice Gamelan style improvisation techniques. They listen to and discuss the melody and rhythm in Balinese Gamelan music, then take turns improvising by adding notes to a basic...

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