CREATIVE ABILITY DEVELOPMENT 

Every masterpiece we love was composed by an improvising musician.  The composers we have loved used improvisation as a way to discover their original music.  We study music in order to learn these beautiful masterpieces and to experience the sublime beauty they offer to us.  We also study music in order to express what is uniquely inside ourselves.   Musicians have improvised since before recorded history on every continent.  All of us is born with songs inside of us, so we improvise!  

Improvisation provides us with a musical “playground” where we can create music, play musical games, and experience what it’s like to play when there is no such thing as a mistake.  Improvisation allows us to claim our musical fluency. Improvisation cultivates virtuosity, ease at the instrument, and knowledge of different key centers. Improvisation is a great way to become rhythmically fluent.  Improvisation allows us to uncover the way each of us is born creative because it naturally cultivates the creative part of the brain.   Improvisation allows us to become a citizen of the world, joining other musicians who play in many styles.  

Creative Ability Development was developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Japan in collaboration with Alice Kanack.  Dr. Suzuki worked on Creative Ability Development over a period of 10 years when Kanack came to study with him.   He nicknamed her “Mozart’s Mother”.  He loaned her his violin at a concert attended by many many people, and asked her to lead the entire group.  He announced that he wanted the teachers to study with Alice Kanack.  Now Creative Ability Development is used around the world, and young players are creating beautiful music, finding their own unique musical voices, and becoming original artists in their own right. 

I have been working very closely with Alice Kanack since 1986, co-authoring with her “Improvising String Quartets”. I teach Creative Ability Development to both students and teachers around the world.  

 

Fun Improvisation for: Cello:

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Exercise 1 is on track 2, and so on.  Exercise 1-10 are in D major.
Exercise 11-14 are in G pentatonic
Exercises 15-29 are in C major and the Greek modes of C

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Fun Improvisation for:: Violin

Track 1 is a tuning track..   
Exercise 1 is on track 2, and so on.  Exercise 1-10 are in A major. 
Exercise 11-14 are in D pentatonic 
Exercises 15-29 are in G major and the Greek modes of G

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 Musical Improvisation for Children:

This book is designed for very young players.  All the tracks are either on all the white keys on the piano, or all the black keys, and correspond to the book.

Bass Lines and Fantasies:

This book can be used by any instrumentalist as they acquire abilities and  artistry to improvise in every key. First is a bassline, then a fantasy piece in each key, corresponding to the Basslines and Fantasies book with CD.

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 Off the Page:

 See the "Off the Page" section of the website for great reviews, information and credits for the amazing audio files.

 Cello, Violin, Viola, Bass, Piano, and Flute

Fun Improvisation for: Piano

Track 1 is a tuning track..   
Exercise 1 is on track 2, and so on.  Exercise 1-10 are in C major. 
Exercise 11-14 are in Black Keys pentatonic 
Exercises 15-29 are in G major and the Greek modes of G