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Off the Page (Score + mp3s)

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Nine Improvisations for String Players and other Adventurous Musicians
Commissioned by cellist and teacher Sera Smolen

Nine improvisations for adventurous musicians of all ages and abilities, drawing from blues, swing, funk, Latin and world folk styles.

Each song in this approachable collection includes the following resources:

  • Musical score
  • Practice strategies
  • Improvising scales
  • Listening track (audio)
  • Practice track (audio)

This scale-based approach to improvisation includes major, minor and blues scales, as well as scales from Japan and Eastern Europe. The listening tracks feature improvised performances by professional jazz, folk and classical musicians, while the practice tracks allow students to develop their own improvisational language.

In developing this engaging collection, composer Elizabeth Alexander worked closely with Sera Smolen, an active cello teacher, improvisation coach and Suzuki clinician. Each improvisation was workshopped extensively by Smolen, who has taught them in lessons, group classes, and music festivals across North America.

  • Available in all string, woodwind and brass keys, along with chord symbols and piano accompaniment
  • Choose either printed sheet music/MP3s (delivered by mail within 10 days) or licensed PDF/MP3s (delivered by email within 2-3 days)

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Look Listen Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Item Delivery Method Price Quantity Piano Accompaniment - Sheet Music & MP3
Variable Various SEA-054-00 Sheet Music
$25.00 Piano Accompaniment - Licensed PDF & MP3s
Variable Various SEA-054-00D Licensed PDF
$15.00 Violin - Sheet Music & MP3
Variable Various SEA-054-01 Sheet Music
$25.00 Violin - Licensed PDF & MP3s
Variable Various SEA-054-01D Licensed PDF
$15.00 Viola - Licensed PDF & MP3s
Variable Various SEA-054-02Dt Licensed PDF
$15.00 Viola - Sheet Music & MP3
Variable Various SEA-054-02t Sheet Music
$25.00 Cello - Sheet Music & MP3
Variable Various SEA-054-03 Sheet Music
$25.00 Cello - Licensed PDF & MP3s
Variable Various SEA-054-03D Licensed PDF
$15.00 Double Bass - Sheet Music & MP3
Variable Various SEA-054-04 Sheet Music
$25.00 Double Bass - Licensed PDF & MP3s
Variable Various SEA-054-04D Licensed PDF
$15.00 Treble Clef in C (flute, piano, vibraphone, etc.) - Sheet Music & MP3
Variable Various SEA-054-05 Sheet Music
$25.00 Treble Clef in C (flute, piano, vibraphone, etc.) - Licensed PDF & MP3s
Variable Various SEA-054-05D Licensed PDF
$15.00 Bass Clef in C (trombone, bassoon, etc.) - Sheet Music & MP3
Variable Various SEA-054-06 Sheet Music
$25.00 Bass Clef in C (trombone, bassoon, etc.) - Licensed PDF & MP3s
Variable Various SEA-054-06D Licensed PDF
$15.00 Treble Clef in B♭ (clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet, etc) - Sheet Music & MP3
Variable Various SEA-054-07 Sheet Music
$25.00 Treble Clef in B♭ (clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet, etc) - Licensed PDF & MP3s
Variable Various SEA-054-07D Licensed PDF
$15.00 Treble Clef in E♭ (alto sax, etc.) - Sheet Music & MP3
Variable Various SEA-054-08 Sheet Music
$25.00 Treble Clef in E♭ (alto sax, etc.) - Licensed PDF & MP3s
Variable Various SEA-054-08D 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

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, Professor at Ithaca College School of Music and President of International Society of Bassists

"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, Program Director of Edmonton Suzuki Flute and Recorder Society

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 at Ithaca College School of Music

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 at Hollins University and Roanoke College

“[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 at Ithaca College School of Music

“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 at Colgate University and Wells College

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, Suzuki Violin Teacher and Teacher Trainer for Creative Ability Development

“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, and Author of Jazz Cello: A Book and CD Method



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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