by Azzara and Grunow. Spiral bound book and 2 play-along/demonstration CDs. With Developing Musicianship through Improvisation, you will learn to improvise as readily as you would join in a conversation.
Using the tunes in this book, you will build a vocabulary of tonal patterns, melodic phrases, rhythm patterns, and rhythm phrases you can apply to a wide range of music in classical, jazz, and folk styles. You will also read and write music, connecting your improvisation to meaningful experiences with notation.
Each unit in Developing Musicianship through Improvisation contains six components:
2) Patterns and Progressions
3) Improvising Melodic Phrases
4) Learning to Improvise – Seven Skills
5) Reading and Writing
6) Learning Solos
Regardless of your musical background, you can play tunes and learn harmony by ear—skills at the heart of improvisation. This intuitive and engaging approach to Developing Musicianship through Improvisation is a major advance in music teaching and learning.
Book 1 repertoire (2 CDs) — Long, Long Ago - Mary Ann - Joshua - Simple Gifts - Down by the Riverside
All-star musicians on the CDs includes Christopher Azzara, Gene Bertoncini, Bob Sneider, Aleck Brinkman, Jeff Campbell, John Beck, Mike Melito, Ramon Ricker, Kirsten Edkins, Clay Jenkins, Mike Kaupa, Mark Kellogg, Lisa Azzara, Karl-Erik Jansson, and Lauann Saunders.
Christopher D. Azzara is a pianist, author, arranger, and Associate Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music.
Richard F. Grunow is Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music.