How to tech impro
I have a couple of students who'd like to do the impro rather than sight reading for early trinity exams. I've had a look at the supporting docs and helpful youtube clips but I have no idea how to go about teaching impro (being pretty useless at it myself).
What are the steps to teaching impro?
How would this change depending on if they're choosing motivic melodic or harmonic stimulous?
What makes good impro in exam context?
How might it be judged at grade1/2 level? (Clips just say 'pass' but it's /10 so not much clue as to how the candidate scored?)
Any kind of advice will be welcome as I'm completely out of my depth here.
I have only improvised when unable to read dog-eared hand-written parts in a dance band, but one can only improvise with what comes easily to the fingers, without prior reflection.
If you don’t know how to teach improv, the best would be to find someone who does know how to teach it because it is like asking “how do you teach classical violin”. It is an extremely vast topic and requires the same hardwork (albeit in a different way) as it does to get good at classical violin. I fully realize that the number of violinists who can teach improv in a good way is much smaller than the number of classical violin teachers, so depending on wherey ou live, you might not find anyone
I have heard people shorten the term "improvisation" to "improv," but dropping the "v" makes it a bit unclear what you mean. Especially in this context (where you're being evaluated), my advice is to use the complete term.
Looks like we’re on the same page Paul.