In-Person Musical Improv Level One

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

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Class Days: Saturdays 12pm - 2pm (In-Person)
Begins: Sep 25, 2021
Ends: Nov 13, 2021
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Price: $299

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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 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: 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*

  • Sep 25, 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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  • Oct 2, 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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  • Oct 9, 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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  • Oct 16, 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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  • Oct 23, 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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  • Oct 30, 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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  • Nov 6, 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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  • Nov 13, 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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Show Schedule*

  • #1 - Nov 20, 2021, 3:30 PM
    at Magnet Theater (254 W. 29th Street btwn 7th/8th)
  • *scheduling subject to change