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Learners examine collective improvisation in jazz music.  In this music arts lesson plan, students use a video about a popular jazz composer to discuss the idea of collective improvisation.  Learners watch the videos as well as read copies of the dialogue, and discuss the examples of collective improvisation. 
Young scholars discover an Indian influence on Blues music. In this music instructional activity, students explore improvisation and compare the traditions of different cultures and styles. Young scholars develop the blues scale, cyclical music, and compose short variations.
Students watch "The Greatest TV Moments: Sesame Street Music A to Z" and improvise melodic and rhythmic embellishments for the song "O What A Beautiful Morning" or "Rubber Duckie."
Second graders explore setting through improvisations.  In this theatre lesson, 2nd graders perform a variety of improvisations in different settings and chart how they established the setting in the different environments. 
Tenth graders identify and interpret how to recognize traditional harmonic progressions such as I-V-I in writing or performance. They experience improvising simple melodic patterns based on traditional harmonic progressions. By coupling chord identification and improvisation, 10th graders learn that a certain pitch has both melodic and harmonic attributes.
Students are introduced to the concept of improvisation. In groups, they practice improvising a different scenario given to them and explore the various ways people communicate with each other. To end the lesson, they reflect on the sessions in their journal.
Seventh graders define improvisation. They take part in first-hand improvisational activities through infomercials. Then they apply improvisation to real-life situations as well as reflect on their experiences.
Spend some time exploring various components of theater such as movement, voice, staging, ensemble, improvisation, characterization, directing, technical elements, and self-concept. They perform in various improvisation exercises and experiment with characterization. Develop the literary applications of such activities by watching and interpreting video or live performances of drama.
Students study the ideas of free jazz and improvisation. In this music analysis lesson, students read about the Rova Saxophone Quartet and learn about the art of improvisation. Students discuss and practice the methodology to the music technique.
Students watch a video on improvisation. They improvise original melodies over given chord progressions. They develop criteria to evaluate the merits of improvisational performances and apply the criteria in their personal listening and performing.
Students perform improvisations in front of their classmates. They have no time to prepare. The object is spontaneity. Their roles and situations are given to them on the spot and they have to react immediately. Students imaginations begin to soar and ensures richer dynamics.
What to do? Out in the woods without anything to wear? No worries, you can use things you've salvaged to make improvised clothing. Show this clip prior to going to science camp, to demonstrate creative thinking in action, and to show the importance of problem solving.
Young scholars participate in a class discussion about jazz music, compare improvisation with regular conversion, listen to various jazz musicians and compare and contrast their individual sounds.
Read then role-play the characters from story of If You Give A Pig a Pancake. Young actors use improvisation and characterization to create the characters from the story. They will also write and role play original version of the story (this can be done in a group with younger learners).
Middle schoolers explore and experience jazz through collage. They listen to improvisational jazz, discuss the origins of jazz, then design and create a collage that shows jazz being played. This project will result in amazing works of art while boosting creative problem-solving and design skills. 
Young scholars perform improvisation. In this blues music lesson, students play chord tones within the blues twelve bar progression.  Young scholars utilize new pitches given four or eight measures. 
Students culminate a humanities project by improvising music to accompany a video of a particular era in US history.
Students describe and compare characters and situations in dramas from and about cultures and historical periods, illustrate in improvised or scripted scenes, and discuss how theater reflects a culture.
Students explore the various rhythmic combinations in jazz and blues music. They watch a video segment, apply a mathematical formula to calculate the number of possible rhythmic combinations, and perform a combination of notes and rhythm on a keyboard.
Young scholars watch a video segment about the distinguishing characteristics of jazz. They describe those characteristics and the relation between the culture of jazz and democracy. They improvise simple rhythms and melodies.

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