ERIC Number: ED380341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Audiation, Music Learning Theory, Music Aptitude, and Creativity.
Gordon, Edwin E.
Suncoast Music Education Forum on Creativity, p75-81 1989
This paper discusses music creativity. Offering no simple definition of music creativity, it suggests that music creativity cannot be taught. What can be taught are the readinesses for one to fulfill potential for music creativity. The quality and extent of one's early musical environment, that will affect one's overall music aptitude, are perhaps the most powerful factors in determining the extent to which one can become musically creative. For students to learn to be as musically creative as their potential will allow, a teacher must know whether the student's aptitudes in tonal creativity are higher or lower than their aptitude in rhythm creativity, so that in instruction, the separate aptitudes may be compensated for and enhanced. Without acquiring an audiation vocabulary that includes a large number of tonal patterns and a large number of rhythm patterns in as many tonalities and meters as possible, levels of music aptitude notwithstanding, students will not have the necessary readinesses to become musically creative. Therefore, teachers must concentrate on teaching readiness for music creativity, not music creativity itself. It is the indirect, not the direct approach that will make the difference. Music aptitude is different from music achievement. Music aptitude represents one's potential to learn to audiate, whereas music achievement represents, among other things, what one has learned to audiate. There are two types of music aptitude: (1) developmental and (2) stabilized. Music aptitude is multidimensional. Addendums included in the document are: (1) types and stages of audiation; (2) music learning theory; (3) "Improvisation: Spontaneous Composition" (Billy Taylor); and (4) "Orientation and Intentionality as Components of Creative Musical Activity" (John Kratus). Contains 23 references in all. (DK)
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