The workshop is a mind-blowing improvisation experience. I was able to take the activities into my high school and college classrooms and see big results! This workshop is so beneficial for classical musicians who are fearful of sounding bad and making mistakes during improvisation. My ears blossomed, my head exploded, and my creativity soared.
Music education in America seems to forget that our great composers and performers of yesteryear were renowned improvisers as well. Game Symphony is brilliantly bridging this gap from the past into the present, and I see it as essential training for all musicians in the 21st Century.
My students still ask if we can use class time to play the games. Whatever magic Steve has up his sleeve, it has really stuck with my musicians!
When we played the improv games, I saw more personality and character from students than I have seen in years. I do believe playing these games helped students become more comfortable and confident when we transferred to learning improvisation over changes. I then had students from all three orchestras raise their hands and volunteer to take a solo at festival and our final concert. These games were easy to implement, understand, and more importantly tons of fun. The world now has a few more improvising string players and I couldn’t be happier.
The Game Symphony Workshop should be a part of every school’s music curriculum!
Steve’s workshops are a hit at my school. The self-confidence of my students has soared, which has resulted in more thoughtful and creative solos.