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Doug Friesen: A Profile

Peter Blouw

Published: 2010-08-25

This article briefly summarizes the results of Toronto high school music teacher Doug Friesen's experimental improvisational workshops in the classroom setting. Overall, Friesen feels that musician Dave Clark's improvisational games help to balance the power dynamic between teacher and student, promote skills and tools that are highly valuable, and increase enrollment in his class.

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Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace