Commentary: Musical Creativity as Practice

Pamela Burnard

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 2

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199928019
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Music

 Commentary: Musical Creativity as Practice

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This article presents an overview of Section 4 of the Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 2. It reviews notions of musical creativity and proposes a practice-based perspective for understanding the variegated types of musical creativity. It presents three vignettes showing how creativity in music is rendered differently in different contexts. It argues that in the field of music education, there is a need to promote practices that directly develop creativity. In doing so, individualistic approaches wedded to socio-historical foundations and traditional beliefs (which tend to be independent and autonomous from other fields of music) must be played down. Educators need to promote the power of relationships over individual minds, multiple worlds over singular realities, collaborative interdependence over individual heroism, and dialogue over alienation.

Keywords: musical creativity; music education; music educators

Article.  7393 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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