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Ready, Set, Improvise!

The Nuts and Bolts of Music Improvisation

Suzanne Burton and Alden Snell

08 November 2018

ISBN: 9780190675929

112 pages

In Stock

Price: £15.99



As an essential resource for music educators, this book provides an easy-to-follow guide to music improvisation instruction.

  • Applies to both general music and instrumental settings
  • Comprehensive Appendix with a variety of repertoire
  • Lesson plans and activities included in every chapter
  • Includes companion website for educators

About the Author(s)

Suzanne Burton, Professor of Music Education, University of Delaware, and Alden Snell, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Suzanne L. Burton is Professor of Music Education at The University of Delaware.

Alden Snell is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

Together they are co-editors of Engaging Musical Practices: A Sourcebook for Instrumental Music.

Table of Contents

    About the Companion Website
    Chapter 1. Introduction
    Chapter 2. Listening
    Chapter 3. Musical Dialogue-Imitation
    Chapter 4. Discrimination
    Chapter 5. Musical Dialogue-Improvisation
    Chapter 6. Application to Instruments
    Chapter 7. Assessment


"Burton and Snell have provided an impressive toolkit for developing student creativity and musicianship. Their sequential guide to teaching improvisation will be a welcome addition to any music educator's library." - Christian Bernhard, Professor of Music Education, The State University of New York at Fredonia

"Ready, Set, Improvise! provides easy to follow instructions for engaging students of all ages in creative music-making activities. Teachers who are experienced improvisers as well as those new to the notion of musical improvisation will find something they can implement in their classrooms." - Colleen Conway, University of Michigan

"This is a superb resource for teaching your students the skills and concepts they need to improvise fluently in a variety of tonalities and meters. The meticulously sequenced instruction carries students step by step from the earliest stages of musical understanding all the way to creative self-expression. Burton and Snell have given us a remarkably practical guide that all music teachers can immediately put to good use." - Daniel Deutsch, Founding Chairperson of the National Association for Music Education's Council for Music Composition

"Burton and Snell share common sense approaches for pre-service and in-service music educators who realize the value of improvisation and are searching for practical techniques that maintain musical integrity." - Richard F. Grunow, Professor Emeritus of Music Education, Eastman School of Music