Improvising with Year 9

Year 9 have spent the last couple of weeks looking at improvisation and learning how, although on the one hand it is a case of ‘composing on the hoof’, it also takes place within certain parameters, especially if a group of musicians is involved. There is usually a structure or framework and often a chord sequence or a scale which forms the basis of the improvisation. The students were given a chord pattern to learn, over which they then experimented with improvising a melody using the notes from the chords .

Here’s what two of the students created in the form of a piano duet:

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