• Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work (NCAS #1)

  • Organize and develop artistic ideas and work (NCAS #2)

  • Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art (NCAS #10)

  • Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding (NCAS #11)

In this three-part workshop, students in grades 3-8 will learn about the art of musical improvisation as a way of expressing themselves, creating community, exercising deep listening skills, and relating to the world around them. By practicing curiosity about sound and silence, students will be empowered to make music creatively and spontaneously without needing an instrument or an instructor.

Find the lesson outline here

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Part II

Part III

Age Group

Elementary School, Middle School, High School

About the creator

Zoe Sorrell with flute

Zoe Sorrell

“A profoundly gifted and innovative flutist,” Zoe Sorrell (she/her) is a performer, educator, and skeptic committed to the intersection of classical music and community care. Zoe believes that in order to decolonize classical music, musicians must refocus their energy on the communities they inhabit. Zoe is therefore currently focused on shifting the paradigm at Westminster College, where she teaches flute, ethnomusicology, and music entrepreneurship; Chatham University, where she is flute faculty; and the Winchester Thurston school, where she teaches piano. In addition to being a musician, Zoe is a yogi, gardener, reader, animal lover, partner, daughter, sister, and granddaughter. Learn more at zoesorrell.com