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ERIC Number: EJ814819
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1074-9039
Creativity and Learning Jazz: The Practice of "Listening"
Black, Steven P.
Mind, Culture, and Activity, v15 n4 p279-295 Oct 2008
This article is about interaction, culture, and creativity. The ethnographic setting is a set of jazz performance classes at a California university. Although I write about jazz music, the reader need not have a background in studying or performing jazz (or music in general) to understand this article. In the title of the article, the term "practice" refers to (1) "listening" as a culturally specific communicative practice, and (2) the practice (a.k.a. rehearsal) of that culturally specific version of "listening". I document and analyze how jazz instructors communicate with students about group interplay during musical performance. Extrapolating from this focus, I suggest some ways that contemporary linguistic anthropology can contribute to theories of creativity, focusing on the role that cultural norms of interaction defined by a particular activity play in constraining or shaping creative processes. (Contains 4 figures and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California