1st Edition

Forging Pathways to Improvise Music For Classical, Jazz, Comedic, and Church Musicians

By Joseph Montelione Copyright 2024
    194 Pages 199 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    194 Pages 199 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A step-by-step resource on forging one’s own pathway to improvise music, this book guides the musician through a clear and simple method that will easily translate to the reader’s genre of choice.

    Many musicians struggle with improvisation. Coincidentally, educators also find it challenging to integrate improvisation into curriculum. This book breaks down the barriers most performers and educators combat in the learning and teaching of improvisation, and is a helpful approach to demystify the complicated sphere of music improvisation. Divided into three sections, the first part of the book helps the reader develop an improvisatorial mindset to mentally conceive musical ideas, regardless of genre. The second portion then connects the improviser’s mindset to translating those ideas into a compelling musical performance in real time. The book’s final third assists the reader with discovering how to apply this method of improvisation to the nuanced liturgical, comedic, jazz, and classical styles.

    Forging Pathways to Improvise Music
    offers a practical introduction to improvisational methods essential for educators, students, and musicians of diverse educational backgrounds and musical genres.

    Introduction  1. The Essential Elements  2. Hear What To Play: An Introduction to Intention  3. Establish an Improvisational Mindset  4. Play What You Hear: An Introduction to Invention  5. Embroider a Solo: Improvise Between Notes  6. Construct a Solo: Compose in Real Time  7. Cultivate Creativity : Improvise Compelling Notes  8. Understanding Jazz Language  9. Crossing Over: Jazz Improvisation for the Classical Musician  10. Classical Language for the Jazz Improviser  11. Improvisation Exercises Inspired by Classical Genres  12. Understanding Improv Comedy Language  13. Improvisation for the Improv Comedic Musician  14. Liturgical Improvisation: Traditional and Contemporary  Final Thoughts


    Joseph Montelione has worked with Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Charlie Daniels, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Irish Tenors, Ruben Studdard, Mandisa, Kim Choo-ja, The Little River Band, Julie Andrews, Nathan Lane, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ian Fraser, Laura Bell Bundy, Frankie Valli, Michael Bublé, and many others. He is a member of the Walt Disney World Orchestra, with affiliations with Sarasota Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, Opera Tampa, Jacksonville Symphony, Coastal Symphony of Georgia, Opera Memphis, Memphis Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Moscow State Radio Symphony, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Washington Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. He has been seen on Broadway with shows such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Victor/Victoria, The King and I, and Big: The Musical, as well as first national tours such as Wicked and Disney’s Aladdin. As a music director, Montelione has conducted a variety of groups including the Memphis Chamber Players, New Ballet Ensemble, West Point Military Academy Band, the Capistrano Performing Arts Center Orchestra, and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Additionally, he has held teaching positions at the University of Florida, Rhodes College, Florida Tech University, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. More information is available at www.montemusicservices.com.