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Title: What makes a good musical improviser? An expert view on improvisational expertise
Authors: Wopereis, Iwan
Stoyanov, Slavi
Kirschner, Paul A.
Van Merriênboer, Jeroen
Keywords: improvisation
concept mapping
Issue Date: 29-Oct-2013
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Citation: Wopereis, I. G. J. H., Stoyanov, S., Kirschner, P. A., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2013). What makes a good musical improviser? An expert view on improvisational expertise. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 23, 222-235. doi:10.1037/pmu0000021
Abstract: This study presents an expert view on musical improvisational expertise. A group concept mapping procedure was used to identify key characteristics of such expertise among a group of 26 renowned musical experts. Multivariate analyses, including 2-dimensional multidimensional scaling (MDS) of unstructured sort data, hierarchical cluster analysis of the MDS coordinates, and the computation of average ratings of 169 statements resulted in a 7-cluster concept map. The cluster self-regulation was located at the heart of the cluster map and was, therefore, regarded a core constituent of improvisational expertise. The other clusters were basic (musical) skills, affect, risk-taking, creation, responsivity, and ideal. Implications for instruction, limitations of the study, and future research are commented on.
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