Intercultural Tensions and Creativity in Music

Eva Saether, Alagi Mbye and Reza Shayesteh

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

Intercultural Tensions and Creativity in Music

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This article examines the role of creativity in the Iranian-Swedish association music school in Malmö and Maali's Music School in Gambia. Section 1 outlines the theoretical framework which combines Vygotsky's theories of creativity with current discussions in ethnomusicology on the value and nature of cultural meetings. Section 2 presents an overview of how the concept of the Other has been used in the present study, in seeking insights from the epistemology of non-Western cultures. Section 3 describes how creativity is conceived and practised in the Gambian and Persian/Swedish examples. Section 4 describes the approach used in course development for music teacher education, while Section 5 presents a summary of key principles and approaches.

Keywords: creativity; music school; Gambia; music education; ethnomusicology; music teacher; teacher education

Article.  7278 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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