May - Improvisation Playin: Learn to Scat for beginner vocalist cello players

  • May 11, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Come join us in a relaxed environment to play some improvisation. We'll have a good mixture of beginners to advanced cellists. This play-in is for all levels of improvisers, whether advanced or playing in a group for the first time. We will work on jamming together and having fun! 

Moderator: Molly Niven & Rex Westen



In this MEET-UP we will focus on adding singing and 'vocal play' to our cello improvisations.  We'll warm-up with exercises and 'games' to strengthen the voice and then explore ways to turn simple songs into 'scat'.  To accompany our singing and scatting, we'll add some rhythmic, harmonic and melodic improvisation on the cello.  Something for everyone! 



1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Social. This is for members who would like to eat some snacks and meet other members, or warm up, before playing. This is not required. Members can simply show up at the scheduled play-in time.

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Improvisation play-in.

To prepare for this meeting:
1. Willingness to make "mistakes" and explore different sounds with your cello.
2. Bring a music stand.
3. Have fun!



Molly taught vocal, choral and general music for over 30 years in Colorado, mostly Jefferson County. She started in middle and high school and moved on to elementary and college. As an Orff teacher, she has a keen interest in developing musical skills through movement, speech, improvisation and play. Her musical interests began with church and folk music and expanded to classical, jazz, world music and more. When Molly reWired from teaching in the classroom, she took up the cello. Thanks to the BOULDER CELLO PROJECT and it's many talented directors and teachers, she has been able to expand her musical interests and skills AND play with others! 

"Keep stretching. Keep making all kinds of music with all kinds of people!" ~Molly

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