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Off the Page (Score + mp3s)

"Mimir" by Helena Cooper
www.helenacooperart.com

Nine Improvisations for String Players and other Adventurous People
Commissioned by Sera Smolen

Nine improvisations for adventurous musicians of all ages and abilities, offered as a musical score PLUS practice recordings.

In a creative collaboration lasting over a decade, composer Elizabeth Alexander worked closely with teacher, improvisation coach and Suzuki clinician Sera Smolen to craft this engaging set of pieces, making improvisation accessible for beginning through advanced students. The wide ranging musical styles in Off the Page include blues, swing, funk, Latin and world folk styles.

THE SCORE: Each piece in this varied collection has been workshopped with students at music festivals all across North America, and are presented here in order of difficulty. Along with each piece are included instructions and inspirations about how approach improvisation. The improvising scales for each piece are clearly written out, and include blues, major, minor, and scales from Japan and Eastern Europe.

THE RECORDINGS: For each improvisation, a high-quality "Listening Track" and "Practice Track" are provided. In the "Listening Track," world class musicians perform the basic tune (a.k.a. "the head"), along with their own inspired improvisations. On the "Practice Track," the same musicians perform the accompaniment only, so that students can develop their own unique improvisational style.

  • Available in all string, woodwind and brass keys, along with chord symbols and piano accompaniment.
  • Choose either sheet music/practice CD (delivered by mail) or licensed PDF/mp3 (delivered by email).

Songs:
1. Wiggy Dog Boy Blues
2. Crackerjack
3. Vermicelli
4. Play/Ground
5. Train of Thought
6. Felicia
7. Inner Hallways
8. Maybe this is all a dream...
9. A Riff in the Family

ORDER MUSIC DIRECTLY FROM SEAFARER PRESS:
Look Listen Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Item Price Quantity
Piano - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-00 $30.00
Sheet Music
Piano - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-00D $18.00
Licensed PDF
Treble Clef in C - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-01 $30.00
Sheet Music
Treble Clef in C - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-01D $18.00
Licensed PDF
Bass Clef in C - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-02 $30.00
Sheet Music
Bass Clef in C - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-02D $18.00
Licensed PDF
Treble Clef in Bb - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-03 $30.00
Sheet Music
Treble Clef in Bb - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-03D $18.00
Licensed PDF
Treble Clef in Eb - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-04 $30.00
Sheet Music
Treble Clef in Eb - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-04D $18.00
Licensed PDF
Violin - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-05 $30.00
Sheet Music
Violin - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-05D $18.00
Licensed PDF
Viola - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-06 $30.00
Sheet Music
Viola - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-06D $18.00
Licensed PDF
Cello - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-07 $30.00
Sheet Music
Cello - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-07D $18.00
Licensed PDF
Double Bass - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-08 $30.00
Sheet Music
Double Bass - Score & mp3s
Variable Various SEA-054-08D $18.00
Licensed PDF
Reviews and Responses: 

Off the Page is a unique and much needed collection for a new era of education. It crosses the bridge between classical traditions and multiple styles, giving students the opportunity for self expression….while developing skills they will need in a new age of musicianship! Thoughtfully created and carefully tested, it will stand the test of time!” - Alice Kanack, Composer and Author of the Creative Ability Development series; Director of the Kanack School of Musical Artistry (Rochester NY)

Off the Page [is] an innovative and intuitive approach to learning music…with musicians at all levels – young children, collegiate music majors, adult learners, and professionals seeking to unlock new expressive creative paths... [This has] given us all an opportunity to learn…by rote, by ear, through imitation in a fun, groove oriented social-music atmosphere of jamming with friends and family.” - Nicholas Walker, Associate Professor of Music, Ithaca College School of Music; President of International Society of Bassists (Ithaca, NY)

"I am very excited about Off the Page, and am looking forward to using it with my flute and recorder students. It is a wonderfully well thought out collection. The variety of styles, combination of playing by ear and reading music, and opportunities to modulate into different keys give me as a teacher many opportunities to introduce improvisation into lessons at many different levels. And its fun! When I first starting playing with the backing tracks, I found it hard to stop, I was enjoying myself so much!” - Kathleen Schoen, Teacher and Music Program Director of Edmonton Suzuki Flute and Recorder Society (Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA)

Off the Page is an excellent method for helping young students learn to improvise across many styles, modalities, and meters. All students should have the opportunity to improvise, and this method provides clear strategies, examples, and exciting play-a-long tracks that will work for students of every instrument.” - Matthew Clauhs, Professor of Instrumental Music Education, Ithaca College School of Music (Ithaca, NY)

Off the Page invites cellists to step easily into new musical experiences feeling comfortable and having fun. The tunes are interesting and memorable, and the instructions for diving into play with them are clear and straightforward. Even if you think you don’t know what you’re doing as an improvisor in these styles you will quickly find yourself playing along and catching on. Teachers will discover in Off the Page a musically renewing resource for themselves that students will relish. The musical reward is immediate.” - Lisa Liske-Doorandish, Professor of Cello, Hollins University and Roanoke College (Roanoke, VA)

“[Our] workshop at the New Directions Cello Festival was the perfect experience for players of different levels. Using varied popular musical styles, familiar and natural patterns create the foundation for making something new. Also, it was seriously fun! I recommend Off the Page to all musicians interested in improvisation and harmony.” - Elizabeth Simkin, Professor of Cello, Ithaca College School of Music (Ithaca, NY)

“I highly recommend this work. For those who are eager to learn to improvise, this method is very approachable and provides everything that you need to make improvising part of your regular practice. This fills a much needed void in the literature for teachers wanting to include improvising in their students' training.” - Laura Campbell, Professor of Flute, Colgate University and Wells College (Hamilton and Aurora, NY)

The Off the Page collection is the essential step to get students comfortable improvising in non-classical styles of music. All the tracks are accessible to classically-trained students, while pushing them gently out of their comfort zone into engaging musical worlds. Each track comes pre-recorded and with a given "chart" or musical score, so students become adept at connecting their eyes, ears and inner ears, to come up with original improvisations. I wholeheartedly recommend this ingenious collection! - Laura Nerenberg, Teacher of Suzuki Violin; Teacher Trainer for Creative Ability Development (Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA)

“This work provides a great treasure trove of opportunities to learn about many approaches to improvisation.” - Chris White, Founder and Director of the New Directions Cello Festival; Author of “Jazz Cello: A Book and CD Method” (Ithaca, NY)

 

Performers: 

Binghamton Cello Festival (Binghamton, NY)
Ithaca College Suzuki Institute (Ithaca, NY)
New Directions Cello Festival (Storres, CT)
New England Suzuki Institute (Lewiston, ME)
Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute (Waterloo, Ontario CANADA)

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