Play and repeat??! Piano improvisation days

in cooperation with the Mainz University of Music

"... the ear does not like to be satisfied with what it has already suspected in advance, but wants to be deceived all the time". (Joachim Quantz, 1752)

Improvising on jazz standards, folk songs and pop songs is one of the most important skills for music teachers today. But improvisation is also playing an increasingly important role in instrumental teaching.

This course is designed for those who want to start improvising and for those who want to deepen their knowledge of piano improvisation.

The variation and renewal of well-known musical patterns of all kinds will therefore be the focus of the course work. There are no limits to imagination and templates (e.g. pictures, text and tone series).

Lessons during the course will be in an open format (for course participants only), allowing for mutual observation for further input and inspiration.


Teaching team:

The four instructors Sebastian Sternal, Christopher Miltenberger, Helmut Lörscher and Laurens Patzlaff are professors at the conservatories in Mainz, Freiburg and Lübeck. They are among the most internationally distinguished specialists in piano improvisation and each pursue individual approaches to improvisation with which they have made an outstanding name for themselves, not only in the field of jazz.

Project management: Prof. Christopher Miltenberger, Hye-Min Lee

Number of participants: approx. 20
Course start: Thursday, 25.07.2024, 14:00
Course end: Sunday, 28.07.2024, approx. 21:00
Final concert:

25.07.2024, 19:30 (Lecturer concert Engers)
27.07.2024, 19:30 (Participants concert Engers)
28.07.2024, 19:30 (Participants concert Mainz)


incl. meals and accommodation in single room 403 €, in double room 373 €, in multi-bed room (max. 4 persons) 355 €
(Members of the Network School Music receive a discount of 80 €)

Notes on registration: The registration takes place via the Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz

This course is recognised by the Pädagogisches Landesinstitut Rheinland-Pfalz under Az. MA.2437 as serving official interests.