What is Musical Improv?
Musical Improv is making up songs in the moment. It is singing to improvised music that has never been heard before. It is working with a team to create comedic, moving and uplifting songs.
Do I need any experience to take part in a Musical Improv Class?
No skills or experience is required. You do not need any singing or drama training. You do not need to be funny or quick thinking. We do not place any importance on the quality of the voice or musicality at all. We believe that Musical Improv can be totally inclusive and is all about the heart, being truly in the moment and being part of a team. Bring yourself and be yourself. Naturally, some more advanced courses follow on from other courses and build on the techniques and experience gained there.
What should I expect to happen in a Musical Improv Class?
There will be singing! Musical Improv classes will focus on specific aspects of improvised singing such as song structure, lyric creation, emotional content, choreography or rhyming to name but a few. There will be warm ups for your brain and your voice and then some exercises, games and maybe some longer performances. Most of the time you will be singing with other people, and always accompanied by a musician.
Why should I take a Musical Improv Class?
People attend our Musical Improv Classes for a wide variety of reasons. Some are in existing Improv Troupes and want to work on their Musical Improv as a team, some are individuals who want to use Musical Improv in their own performance and some are people who just love it and want to sing, laugh and meet like minded people.
The benefits of Musical Improv are profound and wide ranging. Here are the most commonly reported benefits from our participants.
Does Musical Improv work online?
Yes! There are some adaptations we have made to make the experience better for participants, and yes there are limitations due to technology, the speed of light and lag. However our participants have reported the same levels of joy and learning than in real life classes. The benefits of Musical Improv online are that we get to play with a Worldwide community from the comfort and safety of our own homes. It is recommended that you have a pair of headphones to enhance your experience.
How can I book a Musical Improv Class?
There are Musical Improv Classes happening all over the world both online and face to face. Come join us, either to dip your toes in for the first time, brush up your Improv Singing skills or raise your performance to the next level. Visit our Musical Improv Classes page to find the right class for you, or get in touch using the form below to ask any further questions you may have, or to organise a bespoke class just for you and your friends or Improv Troupe. We have some introductory sessions coming up here.
Heather Urquhart and Joe Samuel have over 15 years experience performing, teaching and writing about Musical Improv. Based in the UK they have facilitated workshops and graced stages around the world.