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The Art of Becoming: How Group Improvisation Works

Raymond A. R. MacDonald and Graeme B. Wilson


With a focus on music, this book outlines what improvisation is and why it is an important creative and social activity. Drawing on the emerging psychological literature in this area, as well as evidence from authors’ research with musicians, this text outlines innovative ideas on what defines improvisation and the psychological, creative, and social processes involved. It explores the role of specialist skills, the importance of musical identities and the nature of understanding in improvised interaction and between improvisers. It discusses how we develop as improvisers and the role of impro ... More

Keywords: improvisation, music, dance, music psychology, jazz, music education, music therapy, universal musicality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190840914
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190840914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raymond A. R. MacDonald, author
Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation, University of Edinburgh

Graeme B. Wilson, author
Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh