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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Jazz Improvisation by Berklee College of Music

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About the Course

Learn the basic concepts of improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world, including the mental, melodic, and harmonic processes that contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo. While many people are fans of jazz and understand that musicians are often “making up” the notes they are playing during a performance, most people—often including musicians, themselves, who are beginning to learn improvising—aren’t clear about what exact processes take place to enable this to happen. The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of modern improvisation and how to go about mastering the different musical and mental skills involved. Course author Gary Burton codifies a sought-after approach to improvisation that has been at the core of Berklee College of Music's curriculum for decades. Students who complete this course will know what to practice and how to practice the various aspects of improvising, in addition to understanding how the improviser spontaneously communicates to the listeners through their musical creations....

Top reviews

Apr 18, 2017

It was productive and interesting time. I learnt a lot of new things and got much fun improving my improvisation skills.\n\nCite from course: You will have plenty to keep you busy in the months ahead.

Nov 19, 2016

This was a truly great course, I learnt so much. And I have been playing piano for almost 60 years! Thanks to a wonderful teacher and musician (brilliant rendition of Chick Corea's Crystal Silence)

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By Zakaria A

Aug 23, 2015

Great and difficult course! I like it. Need more of this genre!

By Ana G A P

Oct 28, 2020

Excellent course!! I learn a lot and enjoy so much everything!

By Fernando C C

Apr 27, 2020

I liked it very much and I learned a lot of new things, thanks

By Ricardo S

Jan 20, 2017

Excellent course ! Having Gary Burton as teacher is priceless.

By Edwin A

Oct 29, 2020

Excellent course, well developed introduction to the concept.

By Jheison F L V

Jul 13, 2020

The course open your mind about the way to understand Jazz.

By André B

Oct 5, 2016

Excelent! Course, for beginners and musicians in general!

By Esteban G

Dec 16, 2015

It totally worth it...thank you Berklee, thank you Gary!

By Mattia C

Jul 7, 2017

Awesome and very clear explanation about all arguments!

By Kaan I

Mar 8, 2017

this is a wonderful course thought by a wonderful tutor

By Rocio D T

Sep 21, 2015

Excelente maestro y forma de enseñar. Recomendadisimo!

By Yogesh T

Dec 21, 2018

Wonderful syllabus.

Thanks to the team for doing this.

By Matias L

Aug 20, 2017

Great instructor, excellent feedback with professors!

By David L

Apr 19, 2016

Great methods for learning the basics of jazz improv!

By Agunechemba Q

Mar 6, 2016

this program is very informative i really enjoyed it

By Kyle M I

Nov 30, 2015

Gary Burton, do I need to explain more... Very Good.

By Deleted A

Oct 1, 2016

me ayudo mucho a entender lo que parecia complicado


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By Luis C P D l R

Aug 13, 2015

Great course. A great chance to start improvising!

By Edwin A B

Feb 4, 2016

awesome course can't wait for the fist lesson!!


Nov 9, 2020

Un curso, intuitivo, colaborativo, excepcional

By Michelle E A

Sep 29, 2017

Loved it, I'm so happy finishing this course.

By Yavuz D D

May 31, 2020


By Dario M

Jul 28, 2018

very interesting, I appreciate this course.

By Alejandro L

Sep 11, 2015

Really useful course with easygoing lessons