The materials below are designed to help teachers incorporate interactive improvisation components in their music classes and ensembles. The articles reflect the approach to improvisation that Dr. Oshinsky uses in his classes at Adelphi University.
Overall teaching philosophy
Competencies in Improvisation
Teaching using Flow – sequencing
Syllabus for in-person class on improvisation
Syllabus including online teaching options
The following are lesson plans for public school teachers
Sounds of Cooperation – social emotional benefits of small group improvisation
In the Groove – solo, support and contrast roles in group improv
Teaching improv online
New for 2023! Simple and Daring – Teaching Social Music Improvisation: Facilitation and Flow
This book presents ways to seamlessly sequence improvisation experiences for K-12 students and adults. It includes how to add improvisation to the common practices of band, orchestra, and chorus. It covers percussion, voice, and mixed instrument groups. Also features a crosswalk of Social Music Improvisation and the main tenets of Social Emotional Learning – identity, belonging and agency. Available Spring 2023. 125 pages, soft cover edition $25, pdf $18.
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Original Art, Original Writing, Original Music – Making Room for Improvisation in School Music
Ideas for band, orchestra, chorus and general music teachers