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Improvisation and Teaching

Keith Sawyer

Published: 2007-12-03

This editorial argues for a transformation in education, specifically in music curriculum, whereby the principles of improvisation become increasingly fundamental. It examines what sort of knowledge underlies expert performance and asks that schools be redesigned to align with the findings of the learning sciences.

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So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag