Syllabus - Musical Improv

Week 1 - Tools

  • What makes a song?
  • What makes a scene?
  • Creating melodies
  • Creating lyrics
  • Rhyme, rap and rhythm

Week 2 - Structure pt. 1

  • Song structures
  • Storytelling through song
  • Ballads
  • Hoedown
  • Short-form musical formats, pt. 1
  • Madrigal
  • Eight things
  • Smells like a song
  • Improvising a (short) musical, pt. 1

Week 3 - Structure pt. 2

  • Advanced song structures
  • Short-form musical formats, pt. 2
  • Bartender
  • Rap battle
  • Showstopper
  • Improvising a (short) musical, pt. 2
  • Devising an original format

Week 4 - Putting on the show

  • Intro to music in long-form formats
  • Harold
  • Armando
  • Review of key topics
  • What makes a song?
  • Song structures
  • Storytelling through song
  • Improvising a (not-so-short-this-time) musical

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