SPARK is there as Rafe Chase, Tim Orr and Stephen Kearin hit the stage without a script and turn audience suggestions into narrative stories that amaze and amuse. This Educator Guide addresses improvisation as a technique for developing thinking and language skills.
The following recipes, or games, are intended to be used as reference and study for the college course: Improvisation. This format has been set up to help with ease of quick learning and immediate application. Bon Appétit!
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Identify Improvisational genres. Perform numerous and varying Improv games. Plan and Execute an Improv show. Evaluate performance. Examine and analyze aspects of the human experience and quickly construct an expression of that experience.
Students use samba rhythms and percussion to improvise in rondo form.
Students use their singing voices to take turns improvising and creating melodic phrases on a given theme.
Students explore and create rhythms through language and body percussion.
A series of programs introducing middle school students to creativity and music. This installment features renowned bassist and educator Bert Turetzky, who discusses the value of improvisatory skills in both music and everyday life. (29 minutes)
The musicality of words is an important element of poetry, and many poets carefully consider the sound of the words on the page. Students will listen to and analyze jazz music
Students explore a variety of rhythms from around the world.
Students create nonsense syllables and improvise on a familiar or created melody.