Explore Contemporary Improvisation

Lautaro Mantilla, Contemporary Improvisation Department Chair

Faculty Directory: Contemporary Improvisation

In the Contemporary Improvisation (CI) Department, students develop their musical creativity while immersing themselves in different improvisational traditions based in World Music and Contemporary Rock. CI faculty teach the ground work that students need in aural skills, vocal and instrumental technique, conceptual ideas, interdisciplinary collaborations—everything required to become a composer/performer/improviser of the 21st century. The CI Department supports the individual voices of its students and invites them into a vibrant and supportive musical community to push the boundaries of genre and style to innovate and create.

Mini Courses for 2022-2023

Film Scoring (Fall 2022)

Online Course - Thursdays, 5 pm

In the last few years, the film scoring industry has grown exponentially and has opened the possibilities of musical growth for coming generations. By writing soundtracks to accompany selected scenes from films, students will learn the fundamentals of film scoring.  Orchestration, arrangement, creative writing, and improvisation are only a few of the skills sharpened through this class.

No previous experience required.

Create Your Musical World (Spring 2023)

Online Course - Thursdays, 5 pm

In this music appreciation/ songwriting class, students will find creative ways to explore and develop their musical identities. Selected repertoire and practical exercises will guide students down the path of finding their own voice and creating their own journey while they gain a better understanding of ear training, composition, and improvisation.

No previous experience required.

Private Lessons

Private instruction is the foundation of a sound musical education. At NEC Prep, the depth and expertise of our faculty assure a great match for our students' individual needs. Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered for students of all levels (including beginners!).

A unique feature of our private lesson program is that it includes the opportunity to participate in workshops, recitals, and evaluations, which give every student valuable performance experience and feedback from a variety of teachers.

Prospective CI students will be placed by CI Department Chair Lautaro Mantilla, who will advise each student regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement and path of study. Private lessons can begin at any time during the school year. For information more information and to schedule a placement, please click here.

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