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Developing Musicianship through Improvisation: Book 1 - Vocal


Christopher D. Azzara / Richard F. Grunow

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Learn to improvise with this state-of-the-art book and CD set!

With Developing Musicianship through Improvisation, you will learn to improvise as readily as you would join in a conversation.

Using the tunes in this book, you will build a vocabulary of tonal patterns, melodic phrases, rhythm patterns, and rhythm phrases you can apply to a wide range of music in classical, jazz, and folk styles. You will also read and write music, connecting your improvisation to meaningful experiences with notation.

Each unit contains six components:

  • 1—Repertoire

  • 2—Patterns and Progressions

  • 3—Improvising Melodic Phrases

  • 4—Learning to Improvise: Seven Skills

  • 5—Reading and Writing

  • 6—Learning Solos

Regardless of your musical background, you can play tunes and learn harmony by ear—skills at the heart of improvisation. This intuitive and engaging approach to Developing Musicianship through Improvisation is a major advance in music teaching and learning.

Christopher D. Azzara is a pianist, author, arranger, and Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. Richard F. Grunow is Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music.


Book 1 repertoire
(2 CDs)—Long, Long Ago - Mary Ann - Joshua - Simple Gifts - Down by the Riverside

Book 2 repertoire (2 CDs)—When the Saints Go Marching In - Amazing Grace - Motherless Child

Book 3 repertoire (2 CDs)—Blues (Saint Louis Blues and More Blues) - Transformation (Rhythm Changes) - Red Wings (Familiar Harmonic Progression)

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Category: Music Education, Choral Reference
Voicing/Instrument: Textbook