Want Songs for a New World: Techniques for Musical Zoomprov

Want Songs for a New World: Techniques for Musical Zoomprov with Jacob Horn & Frank Spitznagel

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Class Description

Zoom once referred to a Musical Megawatt team, but now it’s how all musical improv happens during the era of physical distancing. Performing virtually presents unique challenges, but also new opportunities. This four-week elective will explore different approaches to virtual musical improv while building skills that will serve you online and off, with a focus on being playful, specific, and emotionally committed. (Open to everyone with prior musical improv experience at any level.)

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, as well as classes at UCB and with independent teachers. He performs weekly 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.

Offstage, Jacob can often be found writing and editing. He reviews NYC theater for CurtainUp.com, and sometimes remembers to tweet @JacobMuses. (Photo: Tim Tiebout Photography)

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.

Full Session Schedule


Session Schedule*

  • Jan 4, 2021, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  • Jan 11, 2021, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  • Jan 18, 2021, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  • Jan 25, 2021, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)

Show Schedule*

  • This class does not include a performance.