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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