Dear Music Teacher colleagues, I am in the final stages of my PGCE and am conducting a study into improvisation within the music classroom. I am very interested in music teachers' attitudes towards teaching improvisation, their own knowledge of and ability to improvise themselves, and the reasons behind this. If you felt so inclined, I would be very grateful if you could spare me five minutes to cut and paste the questionnaire below and email it to me: m r p a t r i c k j o h n s [at] h o t m a i l . c o m. Many thanks for your help! Patrick -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Please define "improvisation" as you understand it: Section 1: Improvisation in the classroom 1a. Along with composing and performing, improvisation is part of the National Curriculum. In which Schemes of Work do you introduce it? How? Or is it something you'd leave to students' instrumental teachers? 1b. Were you taught any improvisation when you were at school? 1c. Are you a confident improviser? In any particular style? 1d. Do you think this affects your attitude towards improvisation? How (eg reluctant to teach something you can't demonstrate)? 1e. How important a skill do you think improvising is for pupils? Section 2: Free improvisation (as opposed to stylistic improvisation: jazz, blues, Baroque ornamentation, etc.) 2a. What's your first thought when you see "free improvisation" (eg exciting, terrifying, liberating, pointless, atonal, Emperor's new clothes... be honest!)? 2b. Does free improvisation have a place in the classroom? Yes definitely Yes with the right teacher Not really... I've never seen the value myself and there's not enough time Absolutely not 2c. Do you believe that "free" improvisation ever really be free? Section 3: About you 3a. How many years have you been teaching? 3b. As a performing musician, please indicate all that apply to you (please be honest! Remember, this isn't a job application...!) And apologies for the vagueness... Classical: instrumentalist Classical: singer Jazz (singer/instrumentalist): 1900-c1950 style Jazz (singer/instrumentalist): c1950-2012 style Pop/Rock: instrumentalist Pop/Rock: singer World/Traditional: instrumentalist World/Traditional: singer 3c. Have you ever publicly performed music with a high proportion of improvisation? 3d. Would you be interested in developing your own improvisation? Or can you do without it thank you very much? END OF QUESTIONNAIRE - THANK YOU!