This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop high level improvisation skills.

It applies to musicians who apply skills to compose or vary music 'in the moment' in response to stimuli. They have highly developed skills in aural awareness and in the musical practice of a chosen genre or musical tradition.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - plan and implement ways to refine own skills, and monitor skill development progress; - perform improvisations using a range of advanced musical techniques, and; - give and respond to cues during solo improvisations.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - explain factors that contribute to excellence in improvisation; - describe typical ensemble customs, protocols and practices, in relation to improvisation; - describe issues that arise in the context of performing improvisations, and explain how they might be overcome, and; - outline work health and safety (WHS) principles relevant to performing improvisations.

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