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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 is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.