Digital Technology in Arts Education
(Norway, May 2017)
In North America, improvisation is a term that is most commonly associated with the Jazz tradition. Improvisation as a personal artistic and creative practice is seldom taught in one-on-one instrumental lessons, and instead focus on processes of recreation and ensuring the accurate performance of musical elements and traditional notated musical repertoire. In this 90-minute interactive workshop, I led participants in active listening, aural analysis, and group creating experiences applying practices and techniques emerging from my Artistic Piano Interpretation (Artistic Pi) practice-based research project at New York University.
A popular music song was selected to explain the steps involved in transforming the song as solo piano rendition. Participants also explored Apps created to explore unique music making experience and gather, and improvised with each other’s collaborative musical ideas. Popular song materials served as the basis for the experiences, with the participants using technologies to create and improvise their own interpretations using online technologies.