The pedagogy of improvisation II: Pedagogical strategies

Aaron L. Berkowitz

in The Improvising Mind

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590957
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594595 | DOI:
The pedagogy of improvisation II: Pedagogical strategies

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This chapter discusses the pedagogical strategies of the improvisation treatises introduced in the previous chapter. These strategies include transposition, variation, recombination, and the use of models. Comparisons are made between these teaching techniques and those utilized in the pedagogy of improvisation in a wide variety of musical cultures. Drawing on concepts and research from cognitive psychology, the chapter explores how each pedagogical approach could lead to the creation and development of a knowledge base fit for use in the spontaneous generation of idiomatic music in the moment of performance. Transposition is discussed in the context of theories of automatization and proceduralization, variation is explored with reference to work on the cognitive psychology of concepts, and recombination is examined in terms of transitional probabilities and statistical learning.

Keywords: improvisation; transposition; variation; recombination; pedagogical models; music pedagogy; automatization; proceduralization; concepts; concept learning

Chapter.  15259 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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