An Artist-Level Jazz Singer's Metaphors of Cognitive Embodiment

Forbes, Melissa ORCID: and Cantrell, Kate ORCID: (2021) An Artist-Level Jazz Singer's Metaphors of Cognitive Embodiment. In: SEMPRE 2021 Conference: Engaging and Interacting with Education, Music, and Psychology Research, 22 Oct 2021, Keele, United Kingdom.


We present findings from a systematic analysis of the metaphorical language used by an artist-level jazz singer in her reflections on practice. The metaphor of IMPROVISATION IS AN ADVENTURE was identified as the overarching conceptual structure that the participant used to make sense of her experiences of improvisation. This metaphor and its constitutive primary metaphors illuminate the cognitively embodied dimension of vocal jazz improvisation. These findings will be of interest to jazz singers and vocal jazz educators who are encouraged to explore the role of the body-mind’s interactions more fully with its environment in order to establish expertise in improvisational ways of knowing.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2021 07:14
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2022 01:18
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190407 Music Performance
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360301 Music cognition
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360304 Music performance
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies

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