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September 16th @ 16:00 - December 16th @ 18:00

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Free – £395.00

Music Ensemble Autumn ’24: Songwriting for Improvisers

Welcome to the Musical Ensemble Autumn 24 course, where we’ll be exploring the techniques of songwriting and how to seamlessly integrate them into your improv. 

About Us:

The Musical Ensemble is a globally connected group of passionate performers who have been crafting musical magic online since the onset of the pandemic. With members hailing from all corners of the globe, our ensemble is united by a love for musical improvisation and a shared dedication to pushing creative boundaries.

What to Expect:

Are you a musical improviser looking to level up your skills and take your performances to new heights? A unique opportunity to delve into the art of songwriting within the context of improvisational performance. Led by Heather Urquhart (Showstoppers, The Maydays) and Joe Samuel (The Maydays, The Concept) this course will provide you with the tools and techniques you need to craft memorable songs on the spot, elevate your performances, and captivate audiences with your musical storytelling. There will also be optional homework and additional invitations to create written material.

What You’ll Learn: 

  • Foundations of Songwriting: Explore the fundamental elements of songwriting, including melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyrics, and learn how to incorporate them into your improv performances. 
  • Song Structure and Form: Dive into different song structures and forms, from verses and choruses to bridges and refrains, and discover how to use them to create dynamic and engaging musical moments. 
  • Lyric Writing Techniques: Learn how to write compelling lyrics that convey emotion, tell stories, and connect with audiences, even in the heat of the moment.

To apply to join the Musical Ensemble for 2024 please email heather@andalsoimprov.com

Please do not book without emailing Heather 🙂

12 Mondays, 16:00-18:00 UK time, from the 16th of September with a 2-week break after 6 weeks and a show on the last week, week commencing Monday 16th December.

Music Ensemble  is a 12-week course – Payment Options:

You are signing up for a 12-week course, if needed you can spread the payments by using PayPal and selecting Pay Later or Pay-in-3 at checkout. If you don’t use PayPal and would like to spread the payment for the course, just pop us an email and we will set up an invoice schedule 🙂

A scholarship place is available on every course, check the course policies link below for full info on Concessions and Scholarship tickets.

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Music Ensemble Autumn 2024 - General Ticket
£ 395.00
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Concession price tickets are for the low-waged, carers, NHS staff, students and teachers, Equity members, as well those with disabilities or who are living on a pension or benefits.
£ 197.50
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September 16th @ 16:00
December 16th @ 18:00
Free – £395.00
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  • Just awesome.
    Ruby, Brighton, UK
  • Challenging, fun, with plenty of mayhem!
  • A hugely fun and relaxed way to start your journey into musical improv, and just a lovely way to spend a day.
    Justine de Mierre, Improv Teacher, The Unqualified Yes
  • A smart, different approach to improv
    Lauren Bambauer, Improv Teacher, California
  • This was the most relaxed, unstressed and happy I’ve ever felt in my life. I just can’t truly express how grateful I am.
    Ben Stratford, Freshman, BYU
  • Simple instructions that turn out to be very useful. What has seemed complex, inscrutable and hard becomes accessible. You find answers to questions you hadn't thought to ask yet.
    Harvard Henrikson, Molecular Biologist, Norway
  • With Heather and Jules you will try everything in improv, and then, the opposite, and then the same thing, only different. They will change the way you see and do improv (for the better)!
    Luis Nogueira, Portugal