Interest Group on Improvisation

Mission Statement

The SMT Interest Group on Improvisation seeks to establish a space within the music-theory community for the study of improvisation, in any musical style and across disciplinary boundaries. To that end:

  • We promote music-theoretical research on improvisation in concert music, jazz, multimedia performance, popular music, sacred music, traditional music, and music from any culture or nation.
  • We encourage music theorists to develop new approaches for the study of real-time music-making, and to consider what the practice of improvisation can teach us about the practice of musical analysis.
  • We facilitate dialogue and collaboration with improvisation researchers working in ethnomusicology, historical musicology, and allied fields such as critical improvisation studies.

Web site

The group maintains a web site at that features announcements, notices about upcoming conferences, information about and minutes from past events, and other items of interest.

Discussion Group

To participate in SMT Improvisation’s activities, sign up for our discussion group.


To join this group, please contact:
Gilad Rabinovitch, Chair,
Andrew Goldman, Vice-Chair,