Provoking the muse: A case study of teaching and learning in composition

Barrett, Margaret S. and Gromko, Joyce Eastland (2007) Provoking the muse: A case study of teaching and learning in composition. Psychology of Music, 35 2: 213-230. doi:10.1177/0305735607070305

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Author Barrett, Margaret S.
Gromko, Joyce Eastland
Title Provoking the muse: A case study of teaching and learning in composition
Journal name Psychology of Music   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-7356
Publication date 2007-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0305735607070305
Volume 35
Issue 2
Start page 213
End page 230
Total pages 18
Editor Macdonald, Raymond A.R.
Place of publication United Kingdom.
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Abstract 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.
Keyword Music composition
Teaching
Learning
Problem solving
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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