Musical Heuristics: Contributions to the Understanding of Musical Creative Processes

Ricardo Mandolini

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195394733
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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 Musical Heuristics: Contributions to the Understanding of Musical Creative Processes

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The first section of this article defines heuristics, a realm of learning and knowing by doing, and a discipline that inquires into the means and methodologies of invention and discovery. The second section concentrates on the question “Why musical heuristics?,” providing a panoramic view of its hypotheses and objectives, and offering an explanation of its importance for musical education. The third section examines the idea of transitional fictions as they apply to games and to processes of creation. The fourth section analyzes the fictional elements of Adorno's theory, while the fifth describes the consequences of Cage's experimental, nonteleological music. The sixth section seeks to show a relationship between the selection of materials and the use of musical devices that retains their richness and affirms their respective complexities.

Keywords: heuristics; musical education; transitional fictions; Adorno's theory; musical devices; musical heuristics

Article.  8989 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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