Contemporary Improvisation Faculty

Lautaro Mantilla, chair
Eden MacAdam-Somer
Cristi Catt
Zoe Christiansen
Rakalam Bob Moses
Nedelka Prescod

Certificate Programs

We offer a CI Certificate which is available in all instruments. See our Certificates page for more information.

Private Lessons

Lessons range from 30, 45, or 60 minutes and are available for all levels, from beginner to expert. Lessons are open to everyone and you can enroll at anytime. Please contact the Continuing Education Office at 617-585-1701 or for more information and a placement interview.


Improvisation and
Composition Ensemble


Lautaro Mantilla, Instructor
Monday 7:00 - 8:30pm
1.5 credits: $1015
Non-credit: $315
Begins 1/25

This ensemble will be a laboratory for experiments and games in which we will explore new ways of creating music and interacting with other musicians in the space around us. The goal is to develop skills to understand current ideas about composition and improvisation and to be able to apply some of them in a group setup. Ensemble members will gain the ability to make connections between music and other artistic expressions. There will be experiments with visual art, poetry, and dance as main sources for new pieces. The ensemble is designed for students who have musical experience as well as those who have never played before. All instruments and voices are welcome.

Music of the World—
The African Diaspora


Nedelka Prescod, Instructor
Wednesday 6:00 - 7:30pm
1.5 credits: $1050
Non-credit: $325

Music of the World is a four-semester series of courses, in which we examine works by a diverse group of performers, composers, and improvisers, across cultures and genres throughout history. We will analyze their different approaches and influences, and create our own works based on those techniques. Possible artists/genres included may be Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Charles Ives, Billie Holiday, Roscoe Holcomb, Esma Redzepova, Ornette Coleman, Appalachian and Eastern European folk music, and many others.


Skill Building

Offered as private instruction. Private lesson rates apply.


60-minute lessons: $109.00/lesson
45-minute lessons: $81.25/lesson
30-minute lessons: $54.50/lesson

School of Continuing Education Credit:

4 CE credits: $2700 for 15 hours of instruction
3 CE credits: $2025 for 11.25 hours of instruction
2 CE credits: $1350 for 7.5 hours of instruction

These classes ground students with a strong foundation in ear training, theory, rhythm, keyboard, performance, and improvisation skills. We develop and hone these skills through vocal and instrumental work, both on our main instruments as well as at the keyboard, as well as through notated exercises. All work is practically applied, so that students are instantly able to connect new skills with their own musical goals.

Medieval Folk Roots Ensemble

Singers and instrumentalists come together to explore a body of songs that have slipped in and out of oral and written traditions over the centuries; from Medieval cantigas, Gregorian chant, trouvere songs and villancicos to folk songs to works of Machado, Villalobos, Dvorak, Canteloube, and recent composers. We'll play with melodies and modes as we look at how songs travel throught ime and across cultures, creating our own songs and arrangements to add to the tradition.