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Becoming Creative: Insights from Musicians in a Diverse World

Juniper Hill


How are an individual’s ability and motivation to be creative shaped by the world around her? Why does creativity seem to flourish in some environments, while in others it is stifled? Many societies value creativity as an abstract concept and many, perhaps even most, individuals feel an internal drive to be creative; however, tremendous social pressures restrict development of creative skill sets, engagement in creative activities, and willingness to take creative risks. Becoming Creative explores how social and cultural factors enable or inhibit creativity in music. The book integrates perspe ... More

Keywords: enablers of creativity, creative agency, music education, social power dynamics, classical music, jazz, traditional music, South Africa, Finland, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199365173
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199365173.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juniper Hill, author
University of Wurzburg