Improvisation in Classical Music Education

Rethinking our Future by Learning our Past


a research Project funded by the


Dr. Massimiliano Guido, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Schulich School of Music, McGill University

Principal Investigator

Prof. Peter Schubert, McGill University


Prof. Gianmario Borio, Università degli Studi di Pavia,

Istituto per la Musica, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Italy


Prof. Edoardo Bellotti, Eastman School of Music, Rochester University, USA


Prof. Giorgio Sanguinetti, Università degli Studi di Roma Due - Tor Vergata, Italy


This project is developing strategic partnership between international academic, cultural, and professional institutions in Canada and Europe. This is accomplished through a series of interrelated activities from November 2013 until October 2014:

  1. Bullet     Phase 1, the conference Con la Mente e con le Mani,  9-11 November 2013,                      Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice

  2. Bullet     Phase 2, didactic workshops, 15-18 May 2014, Schulich School of Music, McGill

  3. Bullet     Phase 3, designing of a special project at the School of Music, summer semester 2014

  4. Bullet     Phase 4, the dissemination of results (book, articles, website, & media)

For more details, visit the specific Phase. The site will be constantly updated during the year. If you want to receive info about our workshops and concerts, send an e-mail to

Our aim is to establish viable connections among scholars, teachers, musicians, and audiences in order to initiate the process of bringing improvisation back into the core of education for classical musicians in Canada and elsewhere.

See our Videos on Improvised Counterpoint!Videos.html