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The Improvising Mind: Cognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment

Aaron Berkowitz


The ability to improvise represents one of the highest levels of musical achievement. An improviser must master a musical language to such a degree as to be able spontaneously to invent stylistically idiomatic compositions in the moment. This feat is one of the pinnacles of human creativity, and yet its cognitive basis is poorly understood. What musical knowledge is required for improvisation? How does a musician learn to improvise? What are the neural correlates of improvised performance? This book explores these questions through an interdisciplinary approach that draws on the study of pedag ... More

Keywords: improvisation, music cognition, music learning, music pedagogy, creativity, psychology of creativity, historical treatises, classical period improvisation, music and language cognition, Robert Levin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590957.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Berkowitz, author