Improvisation Teacher Resources
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Really? Rapping The Odyssey? Really. A discussion of the oral tradition of story telling and its links to Epic poetry sets the stage for a series of activities that encourage improvisation to integrate music into other classrooms. Improvising to a current event topic and a jazz piece by Louis Armstrong prepares teams to create a rap battle for a passage from The Odyssey.
10th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 1 Download CCSS: Designed
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).
K - 3rd Language Arts 3 Views 41 Downloads
Creative Drama and Improvisation
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.
4th Visual & Performing Arts 18 Views 106 Downloads
Jazz Exploration: A Collage Project
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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 24 Downloads
Teaching Improvisation to Young Students in a Music Technology Lab Using a Sequencer
You'll need to be a little tech savvy to teach this music instructional activity. Pupils will attempt to play along with an accompaniment piece you've created using music software. They will be assessed on their performance and ability to identify and play B, A, and G above middle C.
4th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 27 Downloads
Rhythm and Improv, Jazz and Poetry
Connect the ideas of jazz improvisation and art to writing poetry. Learners collaborate and write different lines of poetry, imitating the jazz styles of improvisation and freewriting. Take a close look at the poems "Tenebrae" by Yusef Komunyakaa, "Tapping" by Sonia Sanchez, and "Dream Boogie" by Langston Hughes.
11th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 21 Downloads
Sondheim's Into the Woods
Here are two great lessons that work together and are inspired by the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. Young writers and actors will retell the story of "The Frog Prince" through games, improvisational script writing, and song. Click on each of the two lesson overviews to see all the fun your class could be having while building cross-curricular skills.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 29 Downloads
Improvising Music Through India, USA, and European Traditions
Learners discover an Indian influence on Blues music. In this music lesson, students explore improvisation and compare the traditions of different cultures and styles. Learners develop the blues scale, cyclical music, and compose short variations.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
Improvisational Setting - "Where are You?"
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.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 24 Downloads
Jazz and Math: Improvisation Permutations
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.
5th - 12th Math 21 Views 124 Downloads
How to Make Improvised Clothing
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.
2 mins 9th - Higher Ed Physical Education 3 Views 0 Downloads
Gamelan-Style Melodic Elaboration: A Music Class Activity
Music world get ready, your young performers are going to practice Gamelan style improvisation techniques. They listen to and discuss the melody and rhythm in Balinese Gamelan music, then take turns improvising by adding notes to a basic melody.
4th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 70 Downloads
A Musical Composition Experience
Upper graders having skills in music performance will extend their abilities through creative musical composition. They'll use Finale 2000 to explore facets of music composition, they'll then compose a piece for their instrument in C, F, or G major or relative minor keys.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 47 Downloads
Young scholars 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.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 23 Downloads
Writing a Dialogue-A Jazz Conversation Using Collective Improvisation
Pupils examine collective improvisation in jazz music. In this music arts lesson, students use a video about a popular jazz composer to discuss the idea of collective improvisation. Pupils watch the videos as well as read copies of the dialogue, and discuss the examples of collective improvisation.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads
Theater: Create a Script
Figurative language is the focus in the book Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia. After reading Peggy Parish's book, class members dramatize idioms from the text, using dramatic strategies such as characterization, exaggeration, and improvisation.
2nd - 6th Language Arts 25 Views 191 Downloads