Finally, a step-by-step guide on the what, when, why, where, and how of cadenzas, Eingänge, and melodic embellishments in music of the Classical era!

Woodwind Improvisatory Techniques of the Classical Era Improv Classical Improvisation

Overwhelmed with how to add improvisation
into your Classical solo?

Or maybe you're not even sure you should...


Woodwind Improvisatory Techniques of the Classical Era:  A Pedagogy Method
is a step-by-step guide to understanding and implementing
the what, why, where, when, and how of Classical improvisation.

This comprehensive method consists of ...

  • historical and cultural context with scholarly apparatus,

  •  an aural skills builder,

  •  a how-to section on Classical ornamentation,

  •  the what, why, when, where, and how of Classical improv techniques,

  • a sample score with a step-by-step process of how to incorporate improvisation,

  • and an anthology of examples ALL IN ONE BOOK. 


  •  Plus, you’ll receive access to a webpage of recordings of the book’s examples!


Woodwind Improvisatory Techniques by Dr. Nancy Williams is a long-overdue, concise, and clear method for studying the art of improvisation as a classical musician. From middle school to adult, several students of mine have already benefitted from what they learned. This book has likewise been a wonderful aid for me as a professional clarinetist. Kudos to Dr. Williams for her brilliant work!” - Diana Haskell, Associate Principal Clarinet, St. Louis Symphony

I feel much more confident in my own improvisational capabilities through using the advice in this method.

Dr. Williams’ method invites you to dive into this world without fear.

She guides you in developing a thorough understanding of important concepts, but vitally: you will immediately know what to do. You don’t have to read hundreds of pages of research to understand; instead, you’ll be excited to jump in and get yourself and your students improvising.

- Jason Shafer, Principal Clarinet Colorado Symphony

For international purchases,
click here to buy the Amazon paperback.

 USA purchasers may

buy the spiral-bound book below
or the Amazon paperback.

Woodwind Improvisatory Techniques of the Classical Era
  • Woodwind Improvisatory Techniques of the Classical Era

Woodwind Improvisatory Techniques of the Classical Era

In cart Not available Out of stock


Refunds available within 3 months of purchase.

Read more…
Nancy Williams has written an excellent research companion for young students just beginning to learn improvisatory techniques or for the teacher needing resources for guidance. There are no stodgy rules! Dr. Williams is a cheerleader for those who are uncomfortable in this genre. Her book will be on my reference shelf next to Betty Bang Mather and David Lasocki’s The Classical Woodwind Cadenza: A Workbook.” - Sherry Sylar- New York Philharmonic Associate Principal Oboe, Faculty Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music-a Division of the New School