Music Improvisation Workshop

Turn on Your Creativity!

    Increase the fun factor in making music.
    Discover the authentic musician within.
    For all types and levels of
    instrumentalists and singers.

        Many people assume that “improvisation” is only for jazz musicians. This workshop will give ANY musician a deeper connection to their innate creativity over many different styles, from classical to popular.


        • Deepen Listening Skills
        • Break Through Fears
        • Move Beyond the Written Page
        • Discover Hidden Abilities
        • Turn Perfectionism into Freedom


        • Various Types of Improvisation
        • Solo and Group Improvisation
        • Technical Exercises
        • Elements of Improvisation

A Four-Hour Afternoon Workshop
Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 2 to 6 pm

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About Your Instructors

        Your workshop leaders each have many years of teaching, performing and improvisation experience. Ellen, Howard and Florence have also worked together extensively in their multidisciplinary improvisational group, “Musement.”

        Ellen BurrEllen Burr's multifaceted musical career has won her praise in performance, improvisation and composition. She has improvised with many new music luminaries, written dance and theater scores, produced many interdisciplinary concerts, including her one act opera, in addition to appearing on over sixteen CD's. Ellen has, given classes to universities, as well as being a private teacher for over 35 years and a Yamaha Performing Artist. Ms. Burr had her solo debut with the Topeka Civic Symphony at age sixteen holds a MFA in music composition from CalArts, a BM in flute performance from Wichita State University and a Certificat de Stage from her studies with Jean Pierre Rampal in France.

        Howard RichmanHoward Richman is a pianist, composer, teacher and educator. Since 1976, he has improvised with other pianists, instrumentalists, singers, poets, painters and dancers. He has composed more than 3000 individual “Sound Portrait,” improvisational piano interpretations. Howard specializes in creating improvised music for specific illnesses and conditions. His company, Sound Feelings Publishing publishes several of his titles, including Stress, Cancer and Dementia. Howard Richman received his B.A. degree in piano performance from UCLA and an M.F.A. (Master Fine Arts) degree from California Institute of the Arts, where he also taught on the faculty for three years.

        Florence RiggsFlorence Mercurio Riggs has been a vocal technique teacher, sound healing improvisational performer, and sound healing teacher for many years. She has a B.A. in music and a Masters Degree in Opera and Voice. Her performance experience encompasses classical and opera, musical theatre, pop, and jazz as well as acting experience on stage and T.V. She had co-founded 5 improvisation groups: Song Waves I, Song Waves II, Voce Arcana, Musement, and currently Gaia Mama. Florence creates a safe haven for the student to learn and expand, not only in using their voice, but as a total human energy system and spirit being.

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        Sound Feelings Publishing
        18375 Ventura Blvd. #8000
        Tarzana, CA 91356


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“I really enjoyed the improvisation workshop. All of the teachers were strong in the material that they presented and very knowledgeable. It was great that they also had their own unique talents and skills to share so that it felt well-balanced. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. What I learned will help me be a stronger musician and better songwriter. The class also helped push me to try new/unique musical ideas and to be more confident.”

Valerie Squires, Studio City, CA

“(Florence...) To a human being #1 and vocal teacher teacher #1

—Herbie Hancock”

“Howard gave me a good foundation to manifest my abilities in all forms of music.”

—Vonda Shepard,
Recording Artist,

“(Florence...) You have helped me in my work and in my life. I thank Heaven for the gift.”

—Keith David, Actor, Singer

“(Florence...) You are a magical spirit and teacher. Love you,”

—Goldie Hawn, Actress

“(Florence...) You've helped me reach all of my dreams.”

—Billie Blanks, Jr

“(Florence...) You are proof that one can learn new tricks but only if one is being taught by a master. Thank you.

—Sheena Easton

“(Florence...) You brought joy to my singing.”

—Helen Slater

“(Florence...) If only I had come to you 20 years ago. You are IT!”

—Peter Mark Richman,
Actor, Painter, Writer

“(Ellen...) Studying flute with you has been so beneficial to everything I do, including work. I find that I care about preparation, practice, and quality of the performance of whatever I am doing.”

—Ken Luey, Physicist

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