School of Music
Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)
Jerry L. Newman
Phrasing Improvisation Cadenza Instrumental Curriculum Education
Education | Music
Bianchine, Jeffrey J. Jr., "Improvisation and Interpretation for High School Instrumental Students" (2021). Masters Theses. 826.
Improvisation is associated with jazz or rap in modern western culture, but classical music has a long tradition of improvisation featuring famous improvises such as Mozart and Liszt. Improvisation develops critical thinking and problem solving, essential skills in the American job market. The typical instrumental student does not often get the opportunity to use this. Bloom’s Taxonomy explains that students who do critical thinking activities in class have a better understanding of the course material. This course will equip students to improvise with others, make executive decisions about artistic elements in the repertoire, self-cretic playing, and compose a short cadenza.