Nothing but Set: Musical Improv Reps and Notes

Nothing but Set: Musical Improv Reps and Notes with Frank Spitznagel and Jacob Horn

Class Description

No special topics, no exercises - just a musical improv power-up session for advanced students. Everyone will get to do two narrative sets and watch two sets, and we'll give you focused notes to help make you better. Simple as that! Enrollment limited to 12. Prereq: completion of musical level 2 or above in person, or the virtual Advanced Musical Forms class.

Instructor: Frank Spitznagel

Frank Spitznagel is the Musical Director at Magnet Theater and a piano accompanist who frequently plays for such improv groups as I Eat Pandas, Veal, The Made-Up Musical, Gusto, and many others. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano performance. His work can be heard on several studio recordings. Frank has composed for Comedy Central and the Aspen Comedy Festival. He accompanied Itzhak Perlman in an original jazz composition by Benny Golson at Lincoln Center. He also played the American premiere of The Hired Man Off-Broadway. He has been musical director for productions such as Nunsense (all incarnations), A Chorus Line, Chicago City Limits, and several original musicals.

Instructor: Jacob Horn

Jacob started improvising in high school, switched to a cappella while studying Comparative Literature and Latin at Haverford College, and then moved to New York, where improv came back with a vengeance. His tendency to harmonize, syllabize, or beatbox to any music whatsoever—a residual effect of a cappella that musical improv has done nothing to help—continues to make him an unpopular guest at parties.

Since 2014, Jacob has studied and performed all over the city, including Magnet classes with Jon Bander, Armando Diaz, Elana Fishbein, Megan Gray, Louis Kornfield, Michael Lutton, and Peter McNerney. He performs regularly as part of Musical Megawatt and is half of the indie musical improv duo 4D Thieves (with Jennette Cronk), whose appearances include Pittsburgh's Steel City Improv Festival and the Tampa Bay Improv Festival. (Photo: Tim Tiebout Photography)

Full Session Schedule

Session Schedule*

  1. Jan 10, 2021, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
This class does not have a show/performance