Eden MacAdam-Somer, Contemporary Improvisation Department Chair

In CI, we...
...develop personal style
...learn by ear
...write our own songs
...compose, perform, and collaborate
...improvise together
...work with repertoire from all over the world
...create new music
...explore and share our own traditions
...build on our own musical experiences and skills
...study the art of musical masters in many different genres
…share with the communities we live in

CI is for everyone, whether you are a classical performer, a traditional jazz musician, a songwriter, a singer-along-with-the-radio, a brand new instrumentalist. You can immerse yourself completely in CI or enhance your other performance studies by joining an ensemble or taking individual lessons with our diverse faculty. In addition, the CI department will help you develop other important skills: getting comfortable on stage, communicating with audiences, teaching, organizing concerts and community events, like barn dances, jam sessions, or improvisational performances...in the CI department, the possibilities are endless!
What does the music of all these folks have in common: Nina Simone, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Ornette Coleman, Carla Kihlstedt, Gilles Apap, Aoife O’Donovan, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Gustav Mahler, Ran Blake, John Zorn, Astor Piazzola, Stevie Wonder, the Dirty Projectors, Thelonious Monk, Gunther Schuller...come find out in CI!

New CI Classes and Ensembles for the Fall 2013

String Band (Not just for strings!)

Rachel Panitch, Instructor

This ensemble explores traditional folk music of North America, especially focusing on New England and French Canadian styles. Students will learn by ear, improvise, and work out their own arrangements as a band, focusing on style and groove as integral parts of the ensemble.
Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

CI Roots and Shoots

Rachel Panitch, Instructor

Improvising from Scratch: Using improvisation games from Alice Kanack's Creative Ability Development method, this course introduces beginning musicians to melodic and rhythmic improvisation, while exploring and developing an understanding of the musical modes that form the framework of musics from diverse cultures. Students will gain facility on their instruments as well as build the complex ear skills needed to fit together many musical moving parts. This is a safe and welcoming place to experiment, building musical creations starting from just one note! Geared for students ages 7 - 11.

Saturdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.