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Schooling the Future: Perceptions of Selected Experts on Jazz Education

Roger Mantie

Published: 2007-12-03

This paper is a re-interpretation of data collected for the author's Master's thesis that examines jazz education practices at the secondary school level. Interviews of selected experts revealed that improvisation is considered fundamental to jazz curricula, and yet it is largely neglected in the performing practices of school jazz ensembles. School jazz education practices are examined through the theoretical lens of Lave and Wenger's "situated learning," with implications presented for culture and society.

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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.