Improvisation Ensemble for Musicians (MPF4357.02)

Michael Wimberly & Susan Sgorbati

This course will actively explore sound creation concepts and practices with special attention given to the investigation of sonorities and rhythms, which can then be manipulated and developed into open form composition. Students will explore and develop sound using graphic notation, text, and non-traditional notation approaches while exploring basic conduction techniques developed by composers Butch Morris, Sun Ra, Alan Silva and others.

Musicians should have basic skills on their instrument and be able to create while conveying a sense of sonic form to other musicians.

Learning Outcomes:
- Collaboration through composition
- Expand your composing / improvisation language
- Compose using music notation / graphic scoring / conduction

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Please contact Michael Wimberly ( with a letter of interest. Approval from Instructor. Auditions scheduled by appointment.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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