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Can Jazz Improvisation Be Taught?

A common question that I have encountered is the issue of whether it is possible to teach...
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Classical and Jazz cohesion

I began as a Suzuki trained pianist at a very young age being taught with very high levels of...
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Ideas for Developing Improvising Language in Jazz

Here are a few exercises to work on improvising concepts in jazz. When performing, you should...
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Improvisational Skills for Beginner Musicians

As a young clarinet student I learnt notes through reading music, and was not expected to...

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    Hi, I'm a professional Guitarist and Tutor currently playing in musicals in London's west end. All lessons are well organised, friendly and fun.
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    My aim as a teacher is to show pupils that music is a way to express yourself and most of all it must be fun. I have had fantastic results with all my pupils from young to old.
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    I have been teaching privately for six years. My aim is to make music fun for everyone! I teach all genres from Disney, to chart, to film music, classical, jazz and much more! Lessons are tailored to a pupil's individual needs.
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    Welcome! My name is Jamie Benzies, living in London I am a dedicated musician and tutor, music has taken me around the world and led to performances on BBC radio, recording sessions, countless music festivals and gigs.
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    I'm a fun and committed tutor with 5 years experience teaching: music (flute/ piccolo, recorder, improvisation...), languages (Spanish, Italian and French), other activities like Bellydance, yoga...
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    I am Vinnie and I love music. Sharing my passion with my students is very rewarding. I have a MA, 10 years experience of teaching and am a very active musician. Most of my students reach a distinction in their grade exams :-) I also like lemon cake.
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  • Can Jazz Improvisation Be Taught? Editor's Pick

    Sean Gibbs Jazz Improvisation Teacher (North London) Picture A common question that I have encountered is the issue of whether it is possible to teach someone to improvise in the jazz idiom. Whilst the ultimate goal is to be free to play one's original ideas created in the moment, it takes a great deal of preparation to get to this point. This is where I...
  • Improvisational Skills for Beginner Musicians

    Robbie Fearon Jazz Improvisation Teacher (Birmingham) Picture As a young clarinet student I learnt notes through reading music, and was not expected to question why the notes were what they were. Later on as I took my graded exams I learnt my scales. Again I wasn't taught their significance to music, and I learnt them by rote without question. I could read...
  • Practising improvisation

    Flo Moore Jazz Improvisation Teacher (South East London) Picture I studied classical piano as a child and was never taught about improvisation. It was only when I started playing jazz that I began to explore it. I incorporated improvisation into my practise in various ways. I transcribed other musicians by taking certain phrases or motifs, and transposing...

 

  • Instincts and Improvisation

    Jazz Improvisation Teacher (Brighton) Picture We live in musically amazing times. We've come full circle from the old traditional folk songs of the distant past, through the baroque, classical and romantic era and into the music of the 20th and 21st century, and we have hundreds of years worth of concepts, tonalities and sounds to play...
  • Making It All Up Editor's Pick

    Jazz Improvisation Teacher (East London) Picture 'Improvisation' is a word that seems to strike terror into the hearts of many a pupil, no matter how experienced and no matter how old. At the age of 10, I had been formally learning music for 2 years before the idea was presented to me, and I remember my incredulous reply, completely unaware of...
  • How to Listen to Jazz: a Beginner's Guide Editor's Pick

    Jazz Improvisation Teacher (East London) Picture To those unfamiliar with it, jazz music can seem confusing at first. There are often many things happening at once, and the music is often not pretty or sweet-sounding. Remember that jazz musicians are usually focused on improvising and tend to value originality and spontaneous creativity over...