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Sarath, Edward. Music Theory through Improvisation: A New Approach to Musicianship Training. Taylor & Francis, 2010.

This new text by Ed Sarath, one of the foremost thinkers in improvisation and contemplative studies at the University of Michigan, is a hands-on, creativity based approach to music theory that incorporates improvisation. For novice improvisers and experienced improvisers, this book provides foundational skills and the theoretical knowledge base for learning how to improvise in a variety of styles. The book comes complete with a sample syllabus and CD with audio and web tracks.

Solis, Gabriel, and Bruno Nettl, eds. Musical Improvisation: Art, Education, and Society. University of Illinois Press, 2009.

In a series of essays written by some of the world’s most respected ethnomusicologists, musicologists, music educators, music theorists, and music performance professors, the practice of improvisation is explored in a variety of cultures and contexts. Music educators interested in understanding the implications of teaching and learning improvisation in school music are encouraged to read Patricia Shehan Campbell’s chapter titles, “Learning to Improvise Music, Improvising to Learn Music.”

Nachmanovitch, Stephen. Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art. Penguin, 1990.

Why should we improvise? What are the reasons that humans have used the process of spontaneously creating works of art? Drawing upon Eastern spirituality, Greek mythology, and other inspirational works of literature and art, Nachmanovitch’s book explores these questions and several more, providing a convincing and significant rationale for improvisation in life and art. “The focus is on process, not product. A creature that plays is more readily adaptable to changing contexts and conditions. Play as free improvisation sharpens our capacity to deal with a changing world” (p. 45).

Web Links

International Society for Improvised Music

Improvisation, Community and Social Practice

Jamey Aebersold Jazz

Free Improvisation Journal n

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