Modernizing European Higher Music Education Through Improvisation

Joint Modules: Issues in

Contemporary Improvisation_

Issues in Contemporary Improvisation

Hochschule Luzern Musik and
Norwegian Academy of Music Oslo


Level students:

BA and MA


Part 1 - 16-20 November 2020
Improvisational strategies in the studio
Part 1 happened virtually with BA students at HSLU working on site in the studio and BA students at NMH

Part 2 -  spring semester, March 2021
Band Sound in Improvised Music
with virtual masterclass with Dans les arbres

Part 3 - spring semester, April 2022
Improvisational strategies in the studio
HSLU students visiting NMH, Oslo

  • each part 2 ECTs
  • Group lessons, recordings and individual tasks
  • Distance learning/teaching option
  • Assessment: group lessons, recordings, final concert
  • Grading: pass/fail
  • Language: English
  • Teachers collaborate in between individual tasks
  • Final concert: large ensemble concert/recording
  • Open for students in Luzern studying BA with a focus on improvisation and MA with Minor Improvisation as well as Jazz and Improvisation students in Oslo

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course, the student is familiar with different strategies in improvisation for large groups and use the studio as a tool in real time composition has an overview of aesthetic possibilities and structural tools for improvised ensemble performance.

Other information:

7-10 students in each institutions (14-20 together).

Responsible teachers: Ivar Grydeland (NMH) and Magda Mayas (HSLU)


International Collaboration in Contemporary Improvisation

From Score to Creation

The Improvising Classical Ensemble

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