The Art of Improvisation!


Available Tickets Price Qty*
Early Registration Tuition - Before July 14th show details + $425.00 (USD)  / ticket  
Late Registration Tuition - after July 14th show details + $475.00 (USD)  / ticket  
Shared Dorm Housing/Shared Bath/Meals show details + $435.00 (USD)  / ticket  
Single Dorm Housing/Shared Bath/Meals show details + $485.00 (USD)  / ticket  
Discount Tuition for Seniors and Students show details + $325.00 (USD)  / ticket  

* Please note that a maximum number of 10 tickets can be purchased for this event per order.

  • July 30, 2017 - August 4, 2017
    4:00 pm - 12:00 pm


July 30 – August 4, 2017
$100 – $475 Tuition
Fredonia, New York.

Music for People’s Art of Improvisation workshop is for musicians and vocalists experienced in any musical tradition – classical, jazz, theater, rock, ethnic, avant-garde, etc.  All instruments are welcome – acoustic and electric, winds and strings, hand drums and percussion, and homemade innovations. In an energetic, humorous and open-minded environment, discover how to move beyond the inhibitions of musical training while playing at the peak of your technical and expressive ability in your preferred musical style. We are fundamentally about YOUR music, privately and publicly, and supporting YOU in your musical explorations through sessions where you experience improvisational music. Prior experience in improvisation is not necessary, as this workshop is based on the concept that listening and imitation are the most fundamental musical skills. In this approach there are no “wrong notes.” Our in-depth workshop is intensive, yet always fun and rewarding.

Through a supportive humanistic approach, our intention is to promote authentic music making through creating music “in the moment” and playing through the heart. Our simple yet profound structures help to guide you toward your own music. You will play with others in small and large group ensembles, and create powerful solos on your own. The AOI workshop includes free time for jamming, and many opportunities to improvise in front of your peers.

The activities, structures and tools are designed to benefit you both personally and professionally. In addition to violins7628123352_d1743c0f31_zenergizing your music composition, performance, and play, this creative body of work adapts beautifully to those of you working in the areas of health and wellness, music therapy, education, and community building. Free Improvisation opens doors of creativity for both performers and teachers. This workshop will inspire teachers to take Improvisation, one of the National Educational Standards, into their classrooms as well as provide practical  skills that can be adapted for many populations for music therapists.

The Music for People faculty join forces in this unique approach to music improvisation, using techniques drawn from around the world – from Bach to Boogie-Woogie and Brazilian to BeBop. The faculty will demonstrate and guide you in the basic improvisation skills that will be explored throughout the week. There are no lectures or music-reading sessions. We practice experiential education through immersion, which makes for the most engaging trainings possible.  Dr. David Rudge, violinist, conductor, SUNY faculty and instructor for Fredonia’s Improv Collective will be providing his expertise in improvisation skills, improvising classical music and conducting improvisational music. Mary Knysh, author of Innovative Drum Circles, will offer percussion facilitation sessions. Joining the staff will also be Award winning, Dancer/Choreographer Terry Beck who has been involved with dance improvisation for over 25 years and currently teaches both Dance Improvisation and Movement for the Stage at SUNY Fredonia. Staff will also present a Leading Lab which gives participants the opportunity to develop and practice group facilitation skills. Members from the Music for People Leadership training program will present in-depth explorations of  MFP improvisation skills.

Accommodations Located in beautiful Chautauqua County, Fredonia State University of NY is the westernmost campus in the SUNY system. The region, home to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, is less than an hour from Niagara Falls and is a vacation destination for many interested in arts, culture, and all-season recreation.
Directions: Click here for directions on the SUNY Fredonia site. Arrival/Departure Information: Onsite check-in starts at 4 PM on Sunday and the first workshop session is on Sunday evening at 7 PM. The workshop ends around noon on Friday.
For College Credit and Graduate Credit: Students must register through SUNY and pay the SUNY course fee.  
Housing Fees and Tickets to be announced!


Event Location


Venue Phone: (716) 673-3111

280 Central Ave., Fredonia, NY, US, 14063

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