Music Therapy Association of Washington presents

A Journey into Improvisation

Download a PDF of the workshop handout here

March 28, 2015  Seattle Pacific University

Dive deep into the practical elements of improvisation in this one-day, two-part workshop by Lauren F. Bevilacqua.  Part one will focus on defining improvisation and identifying specific techniques for improvisation.  Techniques and improvisation strategies draw from a variety sources, including Bruscia, Gardstrom, Wigram, and Das.  Part two includes stylistic breakdowns of major musical styles emphasizing basic piano skills and tangible clinical applications.  Participants will gain hands on experience in working through and playing with various improvisational styles on the piano, including pentatonic, pentatnoic blues, organum, spanish style, middle eastern style, blues in a key, and contemporary chord progressions.  Each improvisation technique and musical style will be demonstrated and participants will be given time in the workshop to practice and experience techniques and musical styles discussed.  At the end of the workshop, participants will be evaluated through a master class style demonstration of clinical techniques and improvisational music within clinical scenarios.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Registration from 8:30 – 9:30 AM  Crawford Music Building 211

Part I: Clinical Techniques/Focus 9:00 AM – Noon (10 minute break included)Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch

Part II: Musicianship 1:00 – 5:30 PM (10 minute break included)

LAUREN F. BEVILACQUA, MT-BC, is a California bay area native. She earned a Bachelor’s in Music, Music Therapy from Arizona State University’s (ASU) Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts in December 2009.  She became a board certified music therapist through the Certification Board of Music Therapists, Inc. (CBMT) in September 2010.  Lauren completed additional internship training in Rochester, New York at the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office, a branch of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.  During her internship there, Lauren trained in an improvisational model of music therapy and implemented individual and small group music therapy sessions with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Upon returning to the Bay Area, Lauren established a private practice serving mostly children with autism spectrum disorders.  She has additional experience as an accompanist, musical and vocal director for musical theatre productions, and musical theater orchestra pit musician.  Lauren has been an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and currently serves the Western Region of the American Music Therapy Association (WRAMTA) as the Continuing Education Director.

MTAW and OAMT Member Rates: $40.00Non-member Rates: $75.00Student Rate: $15.00

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Additional resources:

Lee, C. A., & Houde, M. (2011). Improvising in styles: A workbook for music therapists, educators, and musicians. Barcelona Publishers.
Massicot, J. (2012).  Functional piano for music therapists and music educators:  An exploration of styles. Barcelona Publishers.


Funded in Cooperation with the Wilson Trust Music Therapy Project –

a Project of the American Music Therapy Association