Teaching classical musicians to improvise

Daniel Bernard Roumain

Daniel Bernard Roumain

There are two reasons why classically trained musicians are sometimes encouraged to play without written music. One is because sheet music sitting on stands can be perceived as a physical barrier that inhibits communication with the audience.

Another commonly expressed view is that being too tied to notation inhibits a musician’s creativity. US violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (known to his fans as DBR) has an interesting approach to teaching that gets around this. In a series of exercises he gets classical music students to bounce ideas off each other, much like jazz musicians do when they improvise. Full story.

Graham Strahle (Music Australia) / March 30, 2016

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