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ERIC Number: EJ914541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7356
Provoking the Muse: A Case Study of Teaching and Learning in Music Composition
Barrett, Margaret S.; Gromko, Joyce Eastlund
Psychology of Music, v35 n2 p213-230 Apr 2007
This article reports the findings of a research project that investigated the nature of the teaching and learning process in music composition. Over the period of one semester, the formal interactions in one-on-one study sessions between an eminent composer-teacher and an experienced graduate student-composer were videotaped. Following the generation of video data, separate interviews were conducted with the composer-teacher and the student-composer in order to probe each of these participants' perceptions of the nature of the teaching and learning process in which they were engaged. Analyses of observational and interview data were framed within a social constructivist perspective and drew on notions of the zone of proximal development, a problem-finding attitude and creative collaboration. The teaching and learning process in musical composition in this study emphasized problem finding and problem solving by composer-teacher and student-composer within a social relationship characterized by reciprocity and collaborative dialogue in which possible solutions were discussed, negotiated and trialed. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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