IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY, PA — Musicians of all ages and abilities, wanting to expand their creative vocabulary, are invited to participate in two days of workshops at Immaculata University.
Music for People (MfP)—a global leader in the art of improvisational music, where all voices and instruments are welcomed—will offer “Improvisation for All,” on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Immaculata’s Music Department (1145 West King Rd., Immaculata, Pa.). The workshop will provide attendees with the tools and techniques necessary to improvise in all genres, including classical, jazz, blues, folk and world music.
Musicians interested in learning more about MfP’s signature approach to improvisation and group facilitation, particularly in educational and therapeutic settings, are encouraged to register for an additional workshop on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Immaculata.
Both workshops are designed for novices as well as professional and aspiring music educators, performers, music therapists and wellness practitioners. Activities include drumming, singing, instrumental playing, dancing and movement.
David Rudge, an MfP facilitator and teacher-trainer, will oversee both workshops. “Anybody is able to tell a musical story. We’ll teach you some games and techniques that you can utilize on your own or share with others—at home, in the classroom, or throughout the community,” says the nationally renowned conductor, violinist and teacher of improvisation.
Rudge is associate professor of music at SUNY Fredonia, where he directs the college symphony, the chamber orchestra and the opera orchestra. The Pennsylvania native also is music director of the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra near Charlotte, South Carolina.
Each seven-hour workshop, he explains, is “loaded with opportunities” for artistic self-discovery—from warming up one’s body and instrument; to playing in small and large groups; to exploring a “multitude of alternative ways of expressing oneself through free improvisation.”
MfP Board President Todd Rogers says the workshops will encourage musicians to connect with their “authentic selves.” “Music for People takes a mindful approach to music making, through deep listening. We start by creating ‘One Quality Sound’—a note or tone that expresses how we feel in the moment,” says the Brooklyn-based fiddler and drum-circle facilitator.
Since GRAMMY-winning cellist David Darling co-founded MfP in 1986, the organization’s humanistic approach has struck a chord with musicians of all stripes.
MfP participants run the gamut—from those who cannot read music to others who want to break free of their classical confines. “As David Darling writes, ‘There are no wrong notes,’” says Rogers, referencing MfP’s popularity among composers, singer/songwriters, and private and classroom music teachers.
Registration is open to singers and instrumentalists as well as those who play experimental or multicultural instruments. “We will provide a large assortment of instruments, including mbiras, hand-pans, pianos and various djembe drums. Everyone will have something to do,” Rogers adds.
Early-bird registration (on or before Friday, Jan. 24) is $99 for each day. Late registration (on or after Saturday, Jan. 25) is $150 per day. The weekend rate for people in MfP’s Musicianship & Leadership Program (MLP) is $275. The weekend rate for MLP graduates is $265. MLP alumni registering on or before Friday, Jan. 24, receive a 25-percent discount. Prices do not include food and lodging.
Source: Immaculata University
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