Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Music (MA)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Sheila Woodward

Second Advisor

Jane Ellsworth

Third Advisor

Sara Goff

Abstract

"This paper explores techniques in theatrical improvisation and discovers how they can be applied to jazz improvisation pedagogy. Improvised character and narrative are addressed from a theatrical standpoint and techniques are demonstrated to be easily relatable to jazz. The author proposes some techniques for use by educators of jazz improvisation and gives examples of how to teach simple concepts to ensembles using theatrical methods. It is the intent that these concepts will help develop soloists who perform jazz solos from a storytelling standpoint. The paper favors the use of impersonation rather than imitation of jazz artists, and also reincorporation rather than free-association of materials and ideas"--Document.

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