ERIC Number: ED370970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Process of Understanding: Protocol Analysis and Musical Composition.
Whitaker, Nancy L.
This study investigated the musical thinking of two composers through the use of concurrent protocol analysis and examinined their problems, funded experience, and reflective thinking. The objective was to determine the extent to which there is an observed or implicit paradigm of reflective thinking in the thinking of a practicing composer. The two participants, who were nationally known and currently publishing composers, used their customary procedures and recorded their verbalizations about the process on tape. Analysis reveals that they alternated between being deeply involved in composing music and talking about composing music. Both subjects used academic knowledge, practice-based experience, feelings, and imagination to varying extents. However, funded experience as a composer was the predominant form of experience used by both. Reflective thinking was present, but its presence was not linked to any particular type of funded experience or problem. (Contains 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Funded Experience; Music Composers; Reflective Thinking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).