Introduction to Melodic Improvising - workshop begins May 29, 2020

This 12-week group course will help you get off to the best possible start in the Improvise for Real method. You will learn the most important IFR concepts and exercises, there will be lots of interaction with fellow students and you will receive feedback and get the personal help and support you need.

The course will be hosted in a private online group that you will belong to. You will receive a new video lesson every week, with very clear homework assignments so you know exactly what to practice. We will cover Exercise 1: Landscape; Exercise 2: Melody; and Exercise 3: Pure Harmony. You will explore the seven harmonic environments and improvise over your first chord progressions. There will be Mastery Level exercises for more experienced improvisers.

Every week we will also meet during a live video conference where we can talk about the more human and personal side of learning to improvise.

Throughout the entire course, I will answer your questions and even listen to the recordings of your practicing if you like, in order to give you personalized advice and ideas to explore in your practicing.

The course is open to all melodic instruments, including all brass and woodwinds (saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, flute, trombone etc). You are welcome whether you are starting from scratch with IFR, want to fill in the missing gaps in your current IFR practice or whether you are a more experienced musician who wants to learn a creative way of practicing improvisation.

After finishing this course you will have a very solid foundation to continue practicing the IFR method on your own.

Testimonials from past students

"Jelske's feedback on samples of my playing was extremely valuable. Jelske is a great teacher. I would definitely recommend this course to others who are seeking to acquire the skills of jazz improv. The tonal approach, among other things, opens up great possibilities and changes one's perspective to improv." - Larry Silberstein (clarinet, United States)

"I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn the art of improvisation. I feel like I could ask any question and Jelske would respond with a very thorough answer. It’s like having access to a master coach! I am now more connected to how harmony flows through the major scale and I am making progress on my instrument as far as hearing ideas in my head and executing them on the guitar." - Mark Margolies (guitar, United States)

"This is the only course about improvisation that really gets you to improvise from the start. Using your ears and developing your inner voice, without music theory interfering. Jelske gives very good personalized feedback. I can honestly say that Jelske is the best teacher I have come across." - Eef van der Burg (saxophone, Netherlands)

Pricing and scheduling

  • Our next group starts Friday May 29, 2020.
  • The course will run for 12 weeks through August 14, 2020.
  • The total price for the entire 12-week course is $300.

Self-study option also available

Would you prefer to take "Introduction to Melodic Improvising" on your own? You can start right away, using the video tutorials and the IFR Jam Tracks. To receive the video tutorials for "Introduction to Melodic Improvising", please write to me directly at: The total price for the self-study course is $90. (Plus $59 for the IFR E-book Package if you don't already have it). Please note that in this option personal feedback is not included.

We invite you to join us!

Let me help you get your new creative practice off to the best possible start. Beginners welcome! To reserve your place or to learn more, please write to me directly:

In your e-mail, please tell me a little bit about what instrument you play and what experience you may already have with the IFR method. I look forward to hearing from you and I hope you'll join our group!