Explorations in Improvised Music

Mondays: 7:30 - 9pm
Jan. 29 – Mar. 19

Wave & Circuit on The Hip Strip
829 S. Higgins Street (map)

• $240 for all 8 sessions
(payment due on or before 1/29)
• $35/class to drop in
Email to register

Explore musical improvisation with Naomi Siegel, acclaimed musician, composer, and educator. Develop improvisation skills for any musical context in a nurturing environment. Using creative limitations and techniques to build listening awareness, participants will walk away from this workshop with an increased connection to making music and new ways to practice individually and in ensembles. No prior improvisation experience necessary.

Workshops with Naomi Siegel

Classes will include:

  • Sonic Meditations by Pauline Oliveros
  • Improvisation Games
  • Improvising with Drones
  • Exploring the Feminine Principle in Improvisation
  • Improvising in the context of certain genres
  • Improvising in small and large groups
  • Explore Intuitive Composition

Who: This class is for high school age students and older. Participants must have at least a year of proficiency on their instruments. Vocalists are welcome!

Register: Email to secure your spot.

Questions? Email or call 617 290 0639.



Naomi has a way of harnessing creativity to aid self-expression while spreading healing and equality through music. A leader by example, she skillfully does this in her own art, and inspires students how to as well.
Dr. Doug Scarborough, Director of Jazz Studies, Whitman College
Naomi is calm, focused, brilliant and *cool*. She puts the most nervous students at ease, adapts her content and presentation to meet every player’s needs, and casts a spell over the whole group.
Deb Schaaf, Director of Bands and Jazz, Jane Addams Middle School
In her improvisation workshop, she engaged students in guided activities that gave them a great sense of confidence and ease at expressing themselves through music. Naomi provided powerful techniques and clear directions on using them to make great progress toward personal evolution, And while she demanded a lot from the students, she also created a calm atmosphere in which to work and explore, which made the benefits even more effective.
Jeffrey Chappell, Director of Jazz Studies, Goucher College
Naomi has developed very approachable techniques for getting non-jazz students involved in basic improvising and really opening the students’ eyes & ears to various possibilities of expression. She has thought through a lot of musical issues (developing your own voice) and life issues (where you fit in the world and how you want to be perceived and accepted by others regardless of your gender). I applaud her for all of this!
Ron Rudkin, Professor of Music, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Naomi Siegel conducted an exceptional workshop for the jazz students of Garfield High School. The exercises Naomi used were engaging, thoughtful and cultivated a strong feeling of teamwork and very sensitive listening. A refreshing perspective on musicality.
Jacob Zimmerman, Director of Jazz Ensemble 3, Garfield High School