Improv Planet is creating Tutorials in Classical Piano Improvisation
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Welcome to Improv Planet!

Why call it Improv Planet?  Because finding a place to learn historic keyboard improvisation is like locating a tiny isolated planet somewhere in the galaxy.  

John Mortensen is a leader in the international revival of classical piano improvisation. Appearing frequently as concert artist, masterclass teacher, and academic conference speaker in America and Europe, he is noted for his ability to improvise entire concerts in historical styles, including complex compositions such as Baroque fugues. His book on classical improvisation is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

He is a university music professor, a Steinway Artist, and is sponsored by the US State Department's Fulbright Specialists program as an artistic ambassador on behalf of the American people.

He started Improv Planet for three reasons.  

1.  He hopes this will be a simple way to manage constant requests from around the world for guidance in classical piano improvisation.  

2.  He gets this same question over and over:  "Where can we go to learn about this stuff?"  

3.  As a mentor to university music majors, he is always curious about whether the next cool trendy thing will benefit tomorrow's music professionals.  This is an experiment in emerging crowd-funding models, so he can tell his students what works and what doesn't.
Tiers
One.
$1 or more per month
This tier includes feed, the Amateur Improv Tutorial Vid (with accompanying study materials), and the Improv Performance Vid.  The Amateur Improv Tutorial Vid is now bi-monthly since the first patron goal has been met.   Tier One is for amateur players who want to check out entry-level improvisation skills.
Five.
$5 or more per month
Tier Five (or V, I guess) is as high as we go.  I promised this would be cheap.  V includes Feed, Amateur and Pro Tutorial Vids (with accompanying study materials), Performance Vid, and the How-I-Did-It Breakdown.  All these videos are initially monthly but will grow in frequency as we hit some patron goals.  I have cool stuff in mind for later!
Goals
109 of 150 patrons
At 150 patrons, the monthly Improv Performance Vid will go bi-weekly (twice the fun for everyone).
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Welcome to Improv Planet!

Why call it Improv Planet?  Because finding a place to learn historic keyboard improvisation is like locating a tiny isolated planet somewhere in the galaxy.  

John Mortensen is a leader in the international revival of classical piano improvisation. Appearing frequently as concert artist, masterclass teacher, and academic conference speaker in America and Europe, he is noted for his ability to improvise entire concerts in historical styles, including complex compositions such as Baroque fugues. His book on classical improvisation is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

He is a university music professor, a Steinway Artist, and is sponsored by the US State Department's Fulbright Specialists program as an artistic ambassador on behalf of the American people.

He started Improv Planet for three reasons.  

1.  He hopes this will be a simple way to manage constant requests from around the world for guidance in classical piano improvisation.  

2.  He gets this same question over and over:  "Where can we go to learn about this stuff?"  

3.  As a mentor to university music majors, he is always curious about whether the next cool trendy thing will benefit tomorrow's music professionals.  This is an experiment in emerging crowd-funding models, so he can tell his students what works and what doesn't.

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Tiers
One.
$1 or more per month
This tier includes feed, the Amateur Improv Tutorial Vid (with accompanying study materials), and the Improv Performance Vid.  The Amateur Improv Tutorial Vid is now bi-monthly since the first patron goal has been met.   Tier One is for amateur players who want to check out entry-level improvisation skills.
Five.
$5 or more per month
Tier Five (or V, I guess) is as high as we go.  I promised this would be cheap.  V includes Feed, Amateur and Pro Tutorial Vids (with accompanying study materials), Performance Vid, and the How-I-Did-It Breakdown.  All these videos are initially monthly but will grow in frequency as we hit some patron goals.  I have cool stuff in mind for later!