Date of Degree

9-2022

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Urban Education

Advisor

Gene Fellner

Committee Members

Anna Stetsenko

Gillian Bayne

Subject Categories

Art Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Methods

Keywords

Free Improvisation, Jazz Education, Arts Based Research, Improvisation, Play, Student Agency

Abstract

Free Improvisation Pedagogy explores the changing perspectives of students as they co-create musical improvisations. Free improvisation is understood as a site for transformative pedagogy, with the possibility for people to break free of structures, think and perform independently, broaden their perspective of proper tonality, engage in musical democracy and equality of voice, and participate in music making that is active, participatory, and continually evolving.

Working with a small group of High School students in suburban New York, this research explores these topics and documents, through audio, video, visual art, and conversation, how students experience this type of music making and what it means for how they engage in society.

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