The Joy Yelin Studio
Classes and Private Instruction
Improvisation for Movement and Studio, Suzuki™, Movement and Curriculum, Creative Arts and Healing
Imagine a music class where there are no mistakes!
- Where anything, literally anything, goes as you learn to listen, learn what you like, and what you don’t, and learn to put it all together to make music your own. The more you do it, the better you are able to choose the sounds you want to hear!
What Can Mastering Improvisation Mean to You?
- Musicians and Music Students:
Explore musical concepts and nuances to support your understanding of repertoire!
- Mature Piano Students:
Learn strategies to improvise on Standard Tunes and make them your own!
- Studio Teachers of Piano:
Enrich lessons with improvisation strategies; save a lesson when progress is at a standstill!
Learn strategies to help recover from a mental block during performance!
Exploration: The Joy of Music & Movement - Five Classes:
|1. The Music Tells You What To Do: The artist plays music for walking,
galloping, and other natural movements for the young child, using verbal and
musical cues to set up rules and boundaries, both personally and as a good
citizen in the classroom. Students wil learn dance terminology and have a
vocabulary chart with each lesson.
2. The Hare and the Tortoise: The artist reads aloud Aesop’s Fable: “The Hare
and the Tortoiose.” After acting out the story with musical accompaniment
representing each animal, the students will retell the story in their own words.
They will then discuss the moral of the fable.
3. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star:” Short and Long Notes: Students respond
to various combinations of short and long notes. (quarter notes and half notes),
demonstrating acuity in transferring given rhythmic patterns from the aural to
the kinesthetic. The students are then made aware of the rhythmic pattern
of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” which is repeated six times, while following
4. Music Comes in Sizes and Shapes, the RONDO: (ABACA). The artist
chooses a movement for the A section; students will suggest a way to move to
the B section; the A section is repeated; the C section movement selected and
performed, and the A again repeated. After performing the RONDO several
times with verbal and musical cues, the students will then follow the music
and perform the RONDO from memory, and no verbal cues. A discussion will
follow recognizing the use of patterns in music to gain a foundation for
exploring patterns in other contexts.
5. Creative Movement with Artistic Intent: The students will demonstrate in
movement and gesture emotional and artistic attitudes inherent in various genres
of music using appropriate vocabulary: happy; sad; angry; tense; relaxed; hurried;
etc. The music is culled from piano literature and improvised music.
• Class Length: 40 minutes
• Dates & Times: To be arranged with teacher(s)
• Cost: $500 per Exploration, including transportation and pre-meeting with
teacher or group of teachers.
Contact Joy Yelin:
JOY YELIN’S WORKSHOPS IN IMPROVISATION HAVE INSPIRED TEACHERS OF TRADITIONAL PIANO, ENHANCING THEIR PERSONAL SKILLS AND ENABLING THEM TO TEACH STUDENTS OF ALL AGES AND LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE!
“If I ever find myself in the position where I’m dean of a music school, my students won’t be able to graduate unless they take a class in improvisation. They’re going to have to be able to play without music in front of them just to have the courage to play one note after another and see what it sounds like.”
'The Mozart Sessions' Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea
Recipes for Improvisation
FREE Gift with each order: “7 Letters in the Alphabet” by Joy Yelin
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