Music Improv

The Second City Music Improv Program is a five-term program that covers all the areas of musical improv, from short form games to the long form narrative musical, and everything in between. The Music Improv Program helping students explore comedy’s unique relationship to music through improvisation. Every level of the Music Improv Program is taught by two co-teachers: an improv teacher and a music director. Each level has a performance at the end of the term, with the final level culminating in a run of shows.

Music Improv Auditions

An audition is required for entrance into the Music Improv program. Eligible students will need to have finished a year-long improv program (Improv Levels A-EImprov for Actors 2 or equivalent) or the Music Improv Fundamentals class. Conservatory students and graduates are also invited to audition. Interested auditioners who have not completed prerequisites at The Second City should first submit their training information via this submission form. The approval to audition will be confirmed by a staff member or else another program will be recommended. Auditioners who have not taken classes with us are also recommended to create a student profile when applying. Check out our Audition Guide for helpful information!

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Music Improv 1: Play*

A sense of play is essential to musical improv. In Music Improv 1, you will learn to hear and respond to the music director, committing to and embracing the magic of musical improvisation. Through exercises and short-form games,  students start to build up their musical and improvisational skills, as well as begin to create together musically as an ensemble.

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Music Improv 2: Performance

Music Improv 2 focuses on expanding acting and performance styles as a building block to more advanced musical improvisation. You’ll dive deeper into song structure and rhyme as tools of character expression in song and learn and perform some basic long form music improv.

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Music Improv 3: Storytelling

In Music Improv 3, start to expand your musical and ensemble skills through the use of the long form narrative musical. You will develop your knowledge of musical theater forms and structures and the skill to choose between them as you build towards the creation of the improvised one-act musical.

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Music Improv 4: Style and Satire

Now that you can perform a long form musical, in Music Improv 4 you will tackle different genres and styles. Collaborate to explore existing performance genres and start to push the boundaries to discover your own ensemble voice and point of view.

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Music Improv 5: Process

In Music Improv 5, you will take all of your knowledge from the past four terms and combine it to create an individual improvised musical form that you will be able to debut during a run of improvised performances.

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*Audition Required

Music Improv