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Shaking String Up: Rocking the Boat

Shaking Strings Up – Rocking the Boat

April 3 & 10 – An exciting introduction to the world of improvisation. Through individual and ensemble variation and decision-making exercises, students explore their own creativity on their instrument.

Sunday April 3

11am-12pm Workshop I: Introduction to Variation: “Lightly Row Row Row”

In this workshop student will learn variations on “Lightly Row” and “Row Row Row Your Boat” with traditional and extended techniques. There will be a structured group improv on these themes using the techniques learned.

Sunday April 10

11am-12pm Workshop II: Making Decisions
Students build on techniques and get an introduction to communicative roles – eg. leader/follower, initiator/responder.

12pm-12:30pm: Lunch Break – Students are asked to bring a lunch; BSM will provide juice and water.

12:30pm-1:30pm: Sharing Hour: Rocking the Boat
Students will perform pieces they’ve been working on in their lessons with a creative twist- they will add techniques of their own, and ones they’ve learned in the workshops. The sharing hour will finish with a group performance of the “Lightly Row Row Row Your Boat” Improv.

RSVP deadline: March 15 – please talk to your teacher about signing you up at your next lesson

Lightly row, lightly row,
O’er the glassy waves we go!
Smoothly glide, smoothly glide,
On the silent tide!

Let the winds and waters be
Mingled with our melody.
Sing and float, sing and float
In our little boat!