Improvisation for Classical Pianists

2020 Dates TBD

Sarah Infini Takagi
Sample Improvisations

Have you seen Jazz musicians play together and wished that you could spontaneously play (improvise) at the piano like they can?

Instead of sitting down and spending hours learning the notes, do you wish that you could just play your own notes?

Rather than performing in the "usual fashion", do you wish you could spice up your program in your own way, perhaps with some theater, comedy, or collaboration with other artists or mediums? Or do something completely different that is unique to you?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you have come to the right place!  In this 8-week course award winning pianist, jazz vocalist, improviser, composer and theatrical performing artist, Sarah Infini Takagi, will teach you how to improvise (non-Jazz) through fun, easy exercises and games.  You will be invited to explore improvisation in different classical styles from the 4 periods. 

We hope to connect you to the spirit of "Play" within each of us with the ultimate goal of freeing yourself from TMI ("Too Much Information") syndrome, a typical characteristic for many classical pianists who are often overwhelmed with extensive repertoire and what seems like never ending amount of information that must be absorbed in order to master the classical piano tradition.

This class is ideally suited for intermediate to advanced pianists.  At the beginning of class students will choose two pieces (one "interpretive" piece from traditional repertoire and another "out of the box" or improvisation/re-composition piece) to focus on throughout the workshop and ultimately perform at the final celebratory concert on August 6th in NEC’s new Black Box Theatre.  

All questions can be directed to the instructor, Sarah Infini Takagi at: Sarah.Takagi@necmusic.edu.


Detailed Schedule

Each class will spend a portion of the class on developing the skills of Improvisation based on exercises, imagery and class themes. The student will also apply the new insights gained from improvisation in deepening and expanding their skills in Interpretation.  The final class will be a performance where the student will showcase their new improvisation skills as well as their expressive performance of a piece from the traditional repertoire

Classes meet on Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30pm from June 18th to August 6th

June 18th
True Or False? Decluttering Our Mind/Engaging in PLAY

June 25th
Energy, Physics and Technique Incorporating Our Own Kinesthetic Intelligence

July 2nd
Interpretation: Expanding and Deepening Our Expression Through Emotion, Imagery and Spirituality

July 9th
Spirit of PLAY: Spontaneity, Humor and Comedy

July 16th
Presentation in 2019: Updating Our Presentation Styles

July 23rd
Integration: Rebirth of the new musician-pianist

July 30th
Preparation for Final Performance

August 6th
Pianists @PLAY! Interpretation-Improvisation Performance and Celebration

Tuition and Registration

Registration is limited to the first 10 students

Registration Fee: $40.00

Tuition: $495.00


Sarah Infini Takagi