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“Say Who You Are, Play Who You Are”: Improvisation as Pedagogy for Youth with Physical and Developmental Challenges

Melissa Walker

Published: 2009-06-01

A piece describing the ongoing 'Play Who You Are' collaborative outreach project for youth with disabilities involving ICASP, KidsAbility, and other community partners. The author reflects on her experience of working with the project and on her interviews with participants to present several tenets of an evolving pedagogy of improvisation.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.