Teaching Improvisation through Melody and Blues-Based Harmony: A Comprehensive and Sequential Approach Journal Article uri icon



  • This article describes a sequential approach to improvisation teaching that can be used with students at various age and ability levels by any educator, regardless of improvisation experience. The 2014 National Core Music Standards include improvisation as a central component in musical learning and promote instructional approaches that are contextual, integrate musical concepts, and facilitate group interaction. The described approach focuses on the how and the why of improvisation instruction, offering a pedagogical guide through the teaching process using concepts of melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and formal structure. Rather than a collection of isolated activities, the sequence builds on skills and concepts that are applied in authentic and meaningful group interactions. Examples are based on the blues and teaching techniques commonly used by jazz educators that can be adapted to any musical genre.

publication date

  • September 1, 2017

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • January 31, 2018 11:46 AM

Full Author List

  • Heil L

author count

  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-4321

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-0087

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 40

end page

  • 46


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