In-Person Musical Improv Level One

In-Person Musical Improv Level One with Jacob Horn & Michael Lutton & Frank Spitznagel

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Class Description

Learn how to put your thoughts and emotions into song and take your improv scenes to the next level! In this 8-week course you will learn the song structures you need to make up musicals on the spot. No need to be an experienced singer! Through exercises in group dynamic, support, and movement, you will learn how to turn every song you improvise into a full-blown musical number. 8 weeks of classes followed by a same-day class performance.

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 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 sometimes remembers to tweet @JacobMuses. (Photo: Tim Tiebout Photography)

Instructor: Michael Lutton

Michael has been a Magnet instructor since 2011. He has travelled the country performing in festivals and has taught workshops in Boston and Washington, DC. He has also taught several corporate and team-building workshops.

He began improvising in 2006, and was lucky to train with teachers such as Armando Diaz, Rachel Hamilton, James Eason, and Tara Copeland.

Michael currently teaches Level 1, Level 4: Monoscene, Musical Improv Level 1 and Musical Improv Level 3.

In addition to his teaching duties, Michael is the Director of the Musical Improv Program at the Magnet.

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*

  • Jul 17, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street btwn 7th/8th)
  • Jul 24, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street btwn 7th/8th)
  • Jul 31, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street btwn 7th/8th)
  • Aug 7, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street btwn 7th/8th)
  • Aug 14, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street btwn 7th/8th)
  • Aug 21, 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street btwn 7th/8th)
  • Aug 28, 2021, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street btwn 7th/8th)

Show Schedule*

  • #1 - Aug 28, 2021, 4:30 PM
    at Magnet Theater (254 W. 29th Street btwn 7th/8th)
  • *scheduling subject to change