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Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of Guelph

Andrew Sproule is an undergraduate student studying music at the University of Guelph, specializing in jazz and improvisation. His research endeavors have been varied in diverse disciplines of musicology, most recently in 20th Century Music. His recent publication with the University of Guelph’s undergraduate research journal Critical Voices analyzed Kiri Miller’s findings regarding participatory culture in various media outlets including Grand Theft Auto, Guitar Hero, and YouTube. Combined with a largely jazz-oriented musical background and his ongoing participation with The University of Guelph’s Contemporary Music Ensemble led by Joe Sorbara, his recent musical activities have shaped Andrew’s perspective on both improvisation and creativity. This has inspired him to dive deeper in an effort to shed light on the importance of improvisation in music and society.

...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble