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Improvisation in the High School Music Classroom: A Profile of Improvisation Teacher, Doug Friesen

David Lane

Published: 2010-08-25

A brief profile of Toronto music teacher Doug Friesen, who integrates improvised music and activities into his classroom teaching. Friesen argues that improvised activities create an environment of trust and freedom in which students are able to work creatively together.

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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