Be an Improv Rock Star.

Learn how to make up songs on the spot and amaze your audiences.

Master rhyming, song structure, song styles, song presentation, lyrics, duets, short form singing games and communicating with the musical improviser.

Class Details

  • Each class meets for eight two-hour sessions at the ZACH Theater
  • Classes have between 8-16 students
  • Each class is taught by a veteran improvisor/instructor
  • Early bird registration saves you $25
  • Some students get performance opportunities in monthly improv shows at ZACH

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Musical Improv 101: Improvised Songs

Experience our brand-new musical curriculum devised by improv wizard Sarah Marie Curry! In this class, you’ll learn the basics of improvised songs, including musical song structure and communicating with your accompanist. You don’t need to be a great singer to succeed in this class; you just need to love singing! (6 meetings. Class size limit = 14)

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Musical Improv 201 with Sarah Marie Curry: Improvised Musical Numbers

Make up your own songs with a live musical improviser every week. We will cover basics such as rhyming, song structure, song styles, song presentation, lyrics, duets, short form singing games, and communicating with the musical improviser. We’ll also go further into fun long-form musical theater stuff–singing, dancing, scenes and story. We’ll even get to re-improvise your favorite song or musical number.
(6 meetings. Class size limit = 14)
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Improvised Singing 301: Full-Length Improvised Musicals

Get a chance to make up a full Broadway musical with a live pianist every week! After reviewing the basics of improvised songs such as rhyming, song structure, song styles, lyrics, duets, and communicating with the musical improviser, we’ll start learning all about musical theater. We’ll explore group numbers, romantic duets, dances and formations, singing through character, narrative arcs, reprises, and more.

(8 meetings. Class size limit = 14)
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Improvised Singing 401: Advanced Genre & Form Part One (The Dawn of Musical Theatre to The Golden Age)

Part one of a masterclass series developed by Sarah Marie Curry. This class will use the rich history of American musical theater as a springboard for developing musical improv that is wholly inspired. Gilbert & Sullivan can teach us how to do fast-paced characters with style. Rogers & Hammerstein illuminates the emotional passion within any lyric or song. Students will leave with a much more confident understanding of theatrical stagecraft and history and increase their skills and range in musical improv.

Must have basic musical improv training/experience (taken levels or done a musical improv production) with intermediate improv training or intermediate improv training with musical THEATER experience (musical theater production or vocal training).

(8 meetings. Class size limit = 12)
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Improvised Singing 501: Advanced Genre & Form Part Two (Sondheim to Modern Musical Theatre)

Part two of a masterclass series developed by Sarah Marie Curry. Students will complete their musical theatre knowledge with a look at the complexity and character of Sondheim, through to the mastery and form-defying new musicals appearing on Broadway today. This class will challenge the advanced musical improviser to discover their own creative viewpoints on stage and will culminate in a showcase that encompasses the entire knowledge-based learned in the masterclass series.

Must have basic musical improv training/experience (taken levels or done a musical improv production) with intermediate improv training or intermediate improv training with musical THEATER experience (musical theater production or vocal training). (8 meetings. Class size limit = 12)
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Singing Improv 601: Advanced Narrative Structure

This class will challenge musical improvisers to discover and develop their own full-length improvised musical. Students will get a healthy workout in narrative improvisation forms as well as an education in troupe creation and the behind-the-scenes production aspects of collaborative art. Must have completed levels 401 and 501 to participate. (6 meetings. Class size limit = 12)

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Merlin Works Improv Singing Masterclass

A brand new class offering from Merlin Works! Two of our finest instructors, Shana Merlin and Sarah Marie Curry, will collaborate to refine your singing improv skills across a broad range of topics. This class is for singing improvisers who want to heighten their craft and be the best that Austin improv has to offer.

Singing improv experience is required—at least three class levels at Merlin Works, or equivalent experience elsewhere.

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