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Season 5 – From June 30th to July 7th, 2019

Improvisation Summer Academy, Oboe & English Horn

Jazz & Current Music

Who should apply?

This summer academy targets oboe & English horn players – professionalizing students, or professionals and teachers – who want to discover the basics of improvisation in various contexts (Jazz, World music and ancient music), or develop further their skills, in the privileged setting of La Roche-Guyon Castle. Beware, the minimum instrumental level preferred is 8 or 9 years in music school or equivalent.


By working on orality, discover improvisation and progressively take interest in a specific aesthetic through those key notions:

  • Acquire practical keys to discover and master individual and collective improvisation.

  • Perform improvisation through specific tools in situations of individual and collective improvisation.Identify the main issues raised by the practice and the teaching of jazz and more generally improvised music.

  • Illustrate the bridges between different kinds of music and oral or written traditions and  highlight the interest of mastering improvisation to teach any kind of music.

  • Learn a hands-on approach to develop further the skills.

Course types

The week is organized around various course types, given in English, in a progressive way:

  • Lectures: improvisation, harmony jazz, listening and analysis

  • Practical work

  • Individual course

  • Duo course in various musical contexts

  • Initiation to piano accompaniment

  • Training on standards

  • Master-class by the special guest