Contemporary Music Students' Experience of Improvisation in the Classroom

Russell, Helen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2087-7515 and Woodward, Bruce ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0098-2177 (2021) Contemporary Music Students' Experience of Improvisation in the Classroom. In: 4th Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network 2021 Conference: Accessing Jazz and Improvised Music (AJIRN 4), 5 June - 6 June 2021, Sydney, Australia.


Abstract

Improvisation is a central part of many contemporary musicians’ practices – from developing an accompaniment from chord symbols to ‘playing a solo’ in an ensemble. Despite the ubiquity of the practice, improvisation - outside of jazz programs - is rarely addressed in contemporary music curricula. This study took place over three years in a small music department in regional Queensland, Australia, where the researchers interviewed student musicians in an undergraduate contemporary music program. The purpose of this study was to collect participants’ ideas about how a study of improvisation influenced their ideas about musicianship. Data was collected in semi-structured interviews with participants during a semester’s improvisation course, where many were encountering the structured practice of improvisation for the first time. The results capture a wide range of participants’ ideas about the impacts of a study of improvisation – their fears and the challenges to their musicianship, describing changes in listening to and hearing music and how the study changed their understanding of ‘music theory’. For the purposes of the AJIRN conference, I wish to consider this data in the light of the opportunity that this ‘non-jazz’ improvisation study presents to jazz educators in the wider education sphere.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2022 05:18
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2022 02:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: improvisation, music education
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360303 Music education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130102 Music
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48211

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