There has been a massive shift in music education over the last generation. Classroom music is now strongly focussed upon active music-making and improvisation. The Associated Board have now introduced Jazz Piano exams. Improvisation is once more seen as the valuable skill that it was in the days of Bach and Mozart.
In Playing With Colour improvisation is introduced in book 1 by leaving one or more bars empty and inviting the child to use their own ideas under the guidelines of suggested rhythms. In book 2 up to six bars of treble notes are left blank with suggestions for the choice of notes and rhythm. This activity further encourages the development of listening skills.