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"A Second Standpoint": Howard Becker talks about music, sociology, and their intersections

Howard Becker, Elizabeth Jackson

Published: 2010-11-22

Howard Becker, in conversation with ICASPs Elizabeth Jackson, discusses ideas in collaborative music, such as leadership and power differentials, and the various roads leading to "ordinary" musicianship and its payoff. Further, Becker provides his thoughts about what makes for good collaboration, as well as the value of the outsider perspective.

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...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

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