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Improvisation Skills: Rock, Pop & Jazz

Improvisation Skills: Rock, Pop & Jazz
For students who are experienced musicians (ex: participate in their school's band), learning improvisation techniques can be a fun and useful skill. Using the Berklee PULSE Jam Room online tool, students work with a play-along mixer that lets them remove instruments from familiar songs so they can practice playing along and improvising on their instrument of choice. Matt Douglas will work with students on improvisation techniques and help them develop their creativity as performers. Ear training games and exercises can be incorporated, as well.

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Community Music School provides affordable music lessons to children from low-income families for $1 per lesson. CMS is a member of the Berklee College of Music's City Music Network, which gives our students access to the PULSE online library of fun, interactive resources for the study of contemporary music. Instructor and musician Matt Douglas is a Fulbright Scholar, composer and recording artist with extensive digital music experience. As a freelance musician, Matt has produced notable recordings using woodwinds, piano, vocals and guitar. As a teacher, Matt takes a comprehensive approach to learning through performance techniques, theory and ear training. To learn about Berklee PULSE, visit

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