Cross Genre Improvisation Workshop

School of Jazz & Contemp Music: Performance

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Cross Genre Improvisation Wksp

Fall 2022

Taught By: Brian Marsella

Section: A

CRN: 13004

Credits: 2

This is an ensemble course for approximately 8-10 students, (4-5 from Jazz and 4-5 from Mannes). Ideally there would be 2 pianists (1 from Jazz & 1 from Mannes). The objective of the course is to identify, unlock and expand the improvisational skills students’ already possess. The core value of the course is to develop and foster a meaningful common improvisational language and engage students from Mannes & Jazz in a supportive performance environment. The course will follow two main threads. I) Students will work in rotating pairs (or a trio if numbers require it), developing short compositional sketches which focus on one or two musical constructs (theme, rhythmic variation, form, texture/scene) II) Mannes students will be encouraged to present repertoire that can be analyzed to identify pathways for improvisation in their respective duos. Jazz students will work collaboratively in this analysis, contributing and exploring approaches to developing harmony, rhythm, form and texture. This is an elective ensemble so accordingly, final composition of class will be at the discretion of faculty instructor.

College: School of Jazz & Contemp Music (JZ)

Department: Performance (JPER)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 30

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:40am 8/12/2022 EDT