Courses & Units

Improvisation Skills FCB201


It is recommended that students take this elective in their second year of study or after completing one year of FCM performance units. Should you require further clarification, please contact the Unit Coordinator.


This unit aims to provide students with a range of information and associated skills related to the improvisational expression of musical ideas. There will be an emphasis on immediacy of realisation through a range of situations and experiences where improvisation is required. The focus will be on defining the understanding of improvisation beyond stylistic, genre based and idiomatic constraints in order to enhance the student's ability to respond creatively to stimuli in a variety of contexts. Students will participate in solo, small and large group improvisations and will use a a range of mediums both traditional and non-traditional.


Unit name Improvisation Skills
Unit code FCB201
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts and Law
Tasmanian College of the Arts
Discipline Music

Mr Alistair Dobson

Teaching staff

Mr Alistair Dobson

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour and 1 x 60 minute workshop/lecture weekly


End of semester assessment/performance: 20%,

Weekly activities, in-class assessments and participation: 50%

Composition and written rationale: 30%

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