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ERIC Number: EJ1019872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1048-3713
Free Improvisation: What It Is, and Why We Should Apply It in Our General Music Classrooms
Niknafs, Nasim
General Music Today, v27 n1 p29-34 Oct 2013
Improvisation, the third content standard for the National Standards for Music Education (Music Educators National Conference, 1994), has received less attention from music teachers. This article advocates for more improvisation specifically free improvisation in general music classrooms. The nature of free improvisation, and its evolution in the Unites States and Europe is presented, followed by a rationale in incorporating free improvisation in general music classrooms. It is emphasized that free improvisation can be a successful entry point for those teachers who do not have ample time or do not feel comfortable using improvisation activities. Free improvisation has two distinct and valuable features: it can be played by anyone regardless of age and musical capability, and it is the accumulation of musical identities of all the participants involved in making the music. This author asserts that free improvisation is inherently democratic, and by using it teachers can create a space for students to feel more self-assured, and autonomous.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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