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Empathy and Creativity in Group Musical Practices: Towards a Concept of Empathic Creativity

Ian Cross, Felicity Laurence and Tal-Chen Rabinowitch

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 2

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199928019
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199928019.013.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Music

 Empathy and Creativity in Group Musical Practices: Towards a Concept of Empathic Creativity

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This article examines the role of empathy in creative musical interaction. It first investigates the relationships between empathy and engagement in creative group musical activities. It then describes the ways in which empathy is related to processes that are significant in social interaction; these processes may either be automatic or volitional, reflectively rational, or emotionally embodied. The article then shows how structured musical group improvisations that emphasize other-directed behaviour can help children develop a sense of empathy. It concludes with a case-study involving the collaborative composition of songs by an adult and a group of children.

Keywords: creative music; musical interaction; empathy; creativity; emphatic creativity; musical groups; improvisation; collaborative composition

Article.  7265 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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