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The Improvising MindCognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment$
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Aaron Berkowitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590957.001.0001

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The pedagogy of improvisation II: Pedagogical strategies

The pedagogy of improvisation II: Pedagogical strategies

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(p.39) Chapter 3 The pedagogy of improvisation II: Pedagogical strategies
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The Improvising Mind
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Aaron L. Berkowitz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590957.003.0003

This chapter discusses the pedagogical strategies of the improvisation treatises introduced in the previous chapter. These strategies include transposition, variation, recombination, and the use of models. Comparisons are made between these teaching techniques and those utilized in the pedagogy of improvisation in a wide variety of musical cultures. Drawing on concepts and research from cognitive psychology, the chapter explores how each pedagogical approach could lead to the creation and development of a knowledge base fit for use in the spontaneous generation of idiomatic music in the moment of performance. Transposition is discussed in the context of theories of automatization and proceduralization, variation is explored with reference to work on the cognitive psychology of concepts, and recombination is examined in terms of transitional probabilities and statistical learning.

Keywords:   improvisation, transposition, variation, recombination, pedagogical models, music pedagogy, automatization, proceduralization, concepts, concept learning

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