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Contemporary Improvisation Department Specifics

Development of Advanced Aural Skills

Your studies begin with a rigorous ear training program that emphasizes detailed listening, a fluent connection between singing and playing, development of melodic and harmonic memory, basic keyboard skills, notational skills and a variety of improvisational strategies. 

Development of Personal Style

In later years, our curriculum becomes more flexible and tailored to your individual needs, emphasizing compositional models, stylistic versatility, and the cultivation of your own musical personality.

Electives

Electives supplement the core curriculum and may include such courses as "Indian Modal Improvisation," "Film Noir," "Eastern European Jewish Music Performance Traditions," "Music, Spirit, and Transformation," "West African Music," "Eco-Music," "Open Forms, Graphic Scores, and Structured Improvisation," and "Issues and Trends in American Music."