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Improvisation and Pedagogy: Background and Focus of Inquiry

George E. Lewis

Published: 2007-12-03

In this article George E. Lewis of Columbia University broadly overviews the history and evolution of improvised musical practices, and the ways in which those practices continually redefine the role of pedagogy.

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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.