From Sight to Sound

From Sight to Sound : Improvisational Games for Classical Musicians

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From Sight to Sound provides practical and creative techniques for classical improvisation for musicians of all levels and instruments, solo or in ensembles. These exercises build aural and communicative skills, instrumental technique, and musical understanding. When students use their instruments to execute and improvise on theoretical concepts, they make vivid connections between abstract ideas and their own playing. This then allows students to unite performance with music theory, ear-training, historical style and context, chamber music skills, and listening skills. Many of the exercises in this book are designed for players working in pairs or small groups to encourage performers to communicate with one another and build an atmosphere of trust in which creativity and spontaneity may more

Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 213.36 x 276.86 x 12.7mm | 340.19g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 179 music exx.
  • 0253220645
  • 9780253220646
  • 860,719

Review quote

Brockmann. . . has added an important work to the literature on improvisation. . . . For musicians who want to improve by trying the activities Brockmann suggests, I highly recommend this work. August 2011 * American String Teacher *show more

About Nicole M. Brockmann

Nicole M. Brockmann is Assistant Professor of Music at DePauw University. She holds a DMA in viola performance from Yale University and is a past president of the Dalcroze (Eurythmics) Society of American. She lives in Indianapolis, more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Improvise? What For?2. Building Listening Skills Pitch Switch Intervals Pitch Chains Sing and Play More Sing and Play Advanced Sing and Play One Third Plus One Third Equals One Fifth Getting to the Root of the Problem Sound Effects Rhythmic Scales3. Simple Melodic Improvisations Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice (That's What Melodies Are Made of) Fast-Forward He Says, She Says Rhythm in an Alternate Universe Music Plus One Mosaic Keep Away Fill in the Blank Non-Tonal Improvisations Strings Alone Drone Snake4. Melody and Harmony: Improvisations for Ensembles Round-Robin Ostinati The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts Means, Motive, and Opportunity Monkey Hear, Monkey Do Chorale Musical Volleyball Switch and Signal Dialogue (Melody/Countermelody Echo) Pas de Deux Pedal to the Metal Son of Sing and Play Freeze Frame Dummy Up Bartok Had a Little Lamb5. From Sight to Sound: Getting off the Page Wait Your Ternary Home Away from Home You Can't Get There from Here Circular Reasoning Name That Tune Being Diana Ross Dinner at a Chinese Restaurant It's So Nice, You Can Do It Twice Swing Your Partner Round and RoundAppendix A: Music Theory ReviewAppendix B: Additional Harmonic Progressionsshow more