Theory and practice in idea generation and creativity in Jazz improvisation

De Bruin, L 2015, 'Theory and practice in idea generation and creativity in Jazz improvisation', Australian Journal of Music Education, vol. 2015, no. 2, pp. 91-106.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Theory and practice in idea generation and creativity in Jazz improvisation
Author(s) De Bruin, L
Year 2015
Journal name Australian Journal of Music Education
Volume number 2015
Issue number 2
Start page 91
End page 106
Total pages 16
Publisher Australian Society for Music Education
Abstract The generation of ideas is an essential component of musical improvisation, and improvising is an integral part of most musical cultures of the world. This article examines the seminal improvisational theories of Jeff Pressing, John Kratus, Alfred Pike and David Sudnow. A comparative analysis identifies common traits of influence and distinct, characteristic differences. A wider view of musical cognitive processing and recent neural studies of jazz improvisers support strategies of novel idea generation and complexity inherent in creativity, improvisation, skills acquisition, cognitive processes of musical idea generation and creative thinking. Wider literature on musical cognition and recent neural studies of jazz improvisers reveal a more intimate view of the brain's processing of uncomplicated creative music-making that supports suggested strategies for novel idea generation. The engagement of cognitive improvisatory processes reveal both an interesting aspect of cognition that confirms to some degree the assertions of cognitive theorists, as well as providing arguments for advocacy of more liberated, untethered and freer creative improvisation in educational practice. An overview of recent music curriculum development reveals the potential for creative, inclusionary and nurturing classroom practice.
Subject Higher Education
Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
Music Performance
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