The lost art of improvisation: teaching improvisation to classical pianists

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dc.contributor Gille, Tanya
dc.contributor Cummins, Linda
dc.contributor Peles, Stephen
dc.contributor Dewar, Andrew Raffo
dc.contributor Andrus, C. Fred T.
dc.contributor.advisor Penick, Amanda W.
dc.contributor.author Woosley, Kevin Daniel
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:36:16Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:36:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001107
dc.identifier.other Woosley_alatus_0004D_11284
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1586
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Musical improvisation is an art that was practiced by the majority of keyboard masters and pedagogues of the past. Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, and many others improvised during public performance and encouraged improvisation among their students. In today's music world, however, classical pianists are rarely comfortable improvising; as a result, they avoid teaching improvisatory skills at all levels, including in higher education facilities. Logically, if the teacher is not comfortable with improvisation, no attempt should be made to teach the art. Improvisation, however, is still a useful skill in the twenty-first century and should become a regular part of a classical pianist's training. This study primarily provides methods through which classical pianists can learn the fundamentals of improvisation and acquire the ability to teach improvisation to their students. These methods are useful to both student and teacher. Classical pianists must learn the foundations of improvisation in order to prevent the loss of an art that was once valuable to the historical masters of the keyboard and can be equally so to pianists today.
dc.format.extent 87 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Music
dc.subject.other Music education
dc.title The lost art of improvisation: teaching improvisation to classical pianists
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. School of Music
etdms.degree.discipline Music
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name D.M.A.


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