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What is The Improvise Approach?

Active Musicianship in the classroom

"For students with severe mobility and physical limitations, active participation in music making can be completely out of reach. However, by harnessing the power of available technology and intelligently applying it to various musical principles, Carrie Lennard is opening a new space for students to express themselves through music."

(The Teaching Times) @teachingtimes  @ttjory

The Improvise Approach is a simple way to create a musically harmonious space for soloists and groups to play together. Using iPads, the ThumbJam app and my backing tracks, the students can improvise freely and always be in tune.

Watch here to see what it's all about and how to get started.. 

The Improvise Approach (20 mins) training video,"Making Music - Creativity Accessible to All'

(Carrie Lennard & Mandy Mayhew 2020)

  • Music tracks provide a harmonious landscape to jam along with. ​


  • The free Improvise Approach ebook provides complete instructions and follow-up activities, using the ThumbJam app (IOS).

  • Can be used with adapted instruments, popular music technologies and music apps - keyboard, Skoog, Apollo Ensemble, SoundBeam​​​​, GarageBand, AUMI.

  • Used for more than 10 years in diverse special needs settings.

  • Use ANY of your physical skills and any part of your body to get creative, using the touch screen and camera facilities of the iPad. 

  • Ten music backing tracks are included in the ebook. Everything you play is in tune with the music tracks, giving you and your students 100% success.

  • Easy set up for one or more iPads, solo and group music-making, with the ThumbJam app.

  • Works with selected tuned percussion and related music technologies.

  • Tried and tested teaching guidelines in the ebook to get you started.

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