Can improvisation Be taught?

Peters, G. (2005) Can improvisation Be taught? International Journal of Art and Design Education, 24 (3). pp. 229-307. ISSN 1476-8070 Available from:

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Additional Information:Based on an invited paper given at the Hawaiian International Conference of Education, Honolulu in 2005, this article represents the beginning of a research project concerned with raising the profile of improvisation as an aesthetic strategy across the disciplines of art, media, design, music, dance and theatre with a view to formulating a new improvisational aesthetic. Grounded in many years of experience as a practicing improviser, the paper uses a series of philosophical texts on art and art practice in order to deconstruct many of the key conceptual clusters that inhabit the world of improvisation. One of the purposes of Peters' research is to challenge some of the unspoken assumptions evident in writing and discussions on the nature of improvisation. In this instance, the paper scrutinises the hegemonic model of improvisation based, as it is, on avant-gardist notions of autonomy, critical reflection and novelty. It then proceeds by offering an alternative model that, it argues, fits more closely the reality of most practitioner's improvisational strategies. The paper is used as core teaching material at Harvard Graduate School of Education 'The arts in education: learning in and through the arts' citation ID 368570.
Uncontrolled Keywords:improvisation
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:6840
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Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 15:13
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