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Musical Improv Fundamentals: Games

  • The Mopco Improv Theatre 10 North Jay Street Schenectady, NY, 12305 United States (map)

Instructor: Mark S. Meritt 

Class Dates:  Tuesdays, August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24

Performance Date: Saturday, September 28th - 7:00 pm

Musical Improv: Games

It’s like karaoke, but you make up your own words! 

Join our Musical Director in this 6-Week Class exploring short form improv song games and working as a team with your fellow musical improvisers.  If you've ever seen "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and thought watching Wayne Brady and Brad Sherwood invent songs seemed like a blast, this class is for you. More of a Colin Mochrie when it comes to singing? Don't worry! You don’t need to be a great singer to take this class, you just need to enjoy it!

Besides enjoying playing through a list of fun improv games, students will also learn techniques around rhyming, inventing verses and choruses and the art of making music in the moment.  We promise you'll have a new song stuck in your head each week! 

The Mopco Musical Improv Fundamentals Wheel

Each of the four classes in the Musical Fundamentals Wheel offers focused work on some of the core tenets of improvised song. Just like working out at the gym, by focusing on these particular "muscle groups", students can enhance their understanding of improvisation. The four classes in the Musical Improv Fundamentals Wheel are Songcraft, Scene, Genre, and Games. These reflect basic skill areas that all musical improvisers will need, all using the same core principles. You can jump into the wheel at any point and you don't need to take them in any particular order.

Some improv experience and basic knowledge are helpful in making this class as rewarding as it can possibly be for students and their peers. If you do not have some basic improv knowledge before taking this class, we highly recommend you take a Musical Improv Essentials class or some basic improv course before taking any of the Fundamentals classes.


Each Improv Fundamentals and Musical Improv 6-Week course each has a unique performance element that showcases the skills you focused on during the class. You'll be able to show off to your friends and family everything you've learned. The performance is not mandatory but we bet you'll want to take part. Participation is dependant on consistent attendance. Students will receive two free tickets as part of their enrollment in the class. One ticket will be to attend the show after their performance and the other is to be used at the discretion of the student during the duration of the class.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18. We offer youth classes for younger improvisers! Check out our to find a class.

How active are these classes?

Our classes can involve a good amount of physical activity but we can adjust to meet the needs of any performer. Please email with any questions about accommodations for ability.

Are there any prerequisites to this class?

We recommend students have some experience with musical improv before taking one of our fundamentals classes. Knowing the basics helps students jump into the richer material. If the student does not have any improv experience we would recommend taking our Musical Improv Essentials classes or have some previous experience with singing or improv (like our Improv 101 class). For those just looking to try it out with a lower commitment, our Monthly Improv Jams or Drop-In Class are another great way to dip your toe in the water in a low stress, celebratory environment. 

I'd love to get more involved at the Mopco Improv Theatre. How can I do that?

As we grow, Mopco is focused on creating more opportunities for our students to become part of our little community. Currently, we offer a volunteer program that offers students the ability to earn credit toward seeing shows or reducing their class enrollment fees. Help in the cafe, check tickets and catch a free show to boot! For more info, shoot us an email at

What is your policy on absences from class?

After two absences, students will not be able to participate in the performance at the end of the class.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Street parking is available on Union and N Jay street by our Theatre. Parking is available in the lot behind Perreca's as well as other public lots within a short walk of the theatre. The lot directly across from us is reserved for the Rossi & Ditorro Funeral Home and is not always available for parking. DO NOT park in the lot by JoJo’s Auto Service or you will be towed. Find out more and see a detailed map of parking options available around us here

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact us at for general inquiries or call us at (518) 577-6726

What's the refund policy?

Cancellations for a full refund must be made 7 days or more prior to the first class. Less than 7 days: Your place in the class is non-refundable unless we can get someone to fill your spot. 

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Please make sure we know who to expect in class.

Later Event: September 9
Monday Night Improv: Drop In Class