Teaching improvisation wouldn’t even have been up for discussion in Bach’s time or Beethoven’s time. But somewhere along the line, it got left out of “traditional” lessons and relegated to the realm of jazzers. We need to bring improv back into the piano studio and open our students up to all the possibilities which come with it.
I firmly believe that all piano teachers should be including improvisation in their lessons.
I know that may be a trepidatious statement for you. Depending on your level of experience with improvisation, you might be tempted to turn back now and quit this course. You might think “oh dear, this isn’t for me, after all…”
Don’t do it. Stay with me.
Improvisation does not have to be complex. It doesn’t need to be the reserve of jazz pianists or any other specialised experts. After all, Beethoven, Bach and the other dead white men we know so well were improvisers, too.
Improvisation is for everyone. It just got left out of the classical tradition somewhere along the way through the 20th century.
I promise you will become more comfortable with improv as you explore Vibrant Music Teaching resources. You will grow to love it as one of your best teaching tools and the most joyful parts of your lessons.
All you need to do for now is be open to that possibility.
Try Stratus V Cirrus from the Simple Sparks set. Spend at least 10 minutes experimenting with this improvisation in your own practice for the next 5 days. Document your thoughts and progress with it in your Music Journey Journal and then ask a question about this lesson in the community.