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Instructor: Sietze de Vries
Location: Church of St. John the Evangelist
Time: 8:30-10:30

NB:  Week 1 & 2 are full for active participants, registration for auditors is still open

Note: This course is a two-week session.  Active participants are required to register for and attend both Week 1 and Week 2.

The aim of this course is to show the student that improvisation is within everyone's grasp, even those with minimal keyboard skills. To some this might appear like a tiny miracle, but it is achieved by hard work and an encouraging teacher, rather than by chance. There are reasons why every musician should learn the basics of improvisation. Improvisation is about the full use of the human imagination. The recognition of and training of the ability to "let go" and trust one's creative powers is fundamental to all creative activity, and perhaps to all of life. Furthermore, improvisation improves the understanding of playing literature: you learn to think like a composer. Everyone can improvise, and should be encouraged to do so at whatever level they are capable. To say you have no talent for it is like saying that you have no talent for reading and writing. The course will give you a basic training in usable forms of improvisation, based on baroque examples. We will attempt to make the exercises musically satisfying and also useful to those who are preparing for examinations.

Baroque Partitas:

Georg Böhm
Freu dich sehr o meine Seele

Johann Pachelbel
Was Gott tut das ist wohlgetan

Memorize and harmonize some of the famous German chorals, like J.S. Bach's 'Allein Gott in der Höh', ' Ein feste Burg' and 'Freu dich sehr'