Admit it. You were skeptical when you read that class description for Mopco’s “Sing Your Butt Off! Summer Music Class.”
Beginners learning to improvise songs? you scoffed, inwardly. Impossible!
Nevertheless intrigued, you wanted to know more. You wanted to know what happens in the class. How this is possible.
So I went ahead and asked for you. Here’s what Mopco Musical Director Mark S. Meritt explained.
1. The class covers aspects of melody, harmony, working with an accompanist, and basic song structure. The building blocks, really, for creating a song.
2. Students who’ve improvised before can use their improv skills to create lyrics (otherwise known as just plain words). The only difference here is the words are set to music.
3. Students who haven’t improvised before will still be able to do this because the entire process is broken down into simple steps.
And suddenly, learning to improvise songs sounds like an attainable goal, after all.