CKQC020: Improvisation “sandwiches” with repeated note embellishments

The mid-year concert at my studio is called the “January Jam”. This recital is all about creative skills and ensemble playing.

This year, all my students created some form of this “improvisation sandwich” as one of their performances.

To create a sandwich, they play a piece three times:

  • Plain, as written
  • Improvising the right hand, with the left hand as written
  • As written but with embellishments

We’re working on the simplest of these embellishments in this video: repeated notes.

These kinds of creative activities open up new possibilities for my students. Some take it and run with it, others need more coaxing, but I believe all should be exposed to this type of music – alongside their more traditional reading work.

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8 thoughts on “CKQC020: Improvisation “sandwiches” with repeated note embellishments”

  1. I really like this idea. I cannot wait to try it this week. I am already thinking of various pieces this would be amazing to see students try their creativity on.

  2. Love this!! Nicola I tried this, But found students needed very clear ideas or guidelines to improvise, as they didn’t know where to start, and would not experiment once they figured out one version. I will be more persistent after reading this post. I love the idea of the sandwich, plus embellishments – never thought of it! Thanks!


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