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ERIC Number: EJ1237737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1048-3713
Guiding Principles for Improvisation in the General Music Classroom
Edmund, David C.; Keller, Elliott C.
General Music Today, v33 n2 p68-73 Jan 2020
Improvisation is a fundamental aspect of musicianship and an important pursuit in music education. Children in music classes throughout the world are engaged with improvisation in a variety of modes and settings. Whether singing, physically moving, or playing an instrument, the act of improvising in front of others may raise one's self-consciousness, potentially leading to feelings of fear and anxiety. We wish to share guiding principles for improvisation to alleviate many of the associated fears. The establishment of a classroom improvisation culture may breed willful participation and acceptance. When willful participation and acceptance become habitual, the goal of establishing a safe space for students to explore their musical creativity is more readily achieved. A manifestation of the guiding principles is shared in the form of two model improvisation experiences for the general music classroom.
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Language: English
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