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Discovering the Musical MindA view of creativity as learning$
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Jeanne Bamberger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589838.001.0001

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The development of intuitive musical understanding: A natural experiment

The development of intuitive musical understanding: A natural experiment

(p.269) Chapter 16 The development of intuitive musical understanding: A natural experiment
Discovering the Musical Mind

Jeanne Bamberger

Oxford University Press

This chapter is again a close case study of students at work. But unlike the students in previous chapters, the participants here are two musically novice students who attended classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They are followed as they go about the task of composing melodies within the constraints of previously prepared musical materials. The two students in this natural experiment are representative of some 75 students who have participated in a music fundamentals class supported by the computer music environment, Impromptu. The students’ running logs, made as they worked, trace their decision making, composition sketches, and analysis of progressive modifications. These logs, together with their completed compositions, serve as the data for analysis of this “natural experiment.”

Keywords:   composition, software, analysis

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