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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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Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis