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Title: 
Improvisation as real-time thinking and rehearsing: An exploratory study in Singapore
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Jul-2006
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Dairianathan, E., & Stead, E. P. (2006). Improvisation as real-time thinking and rehearsing: An exploratory study in Singapore. In W. L. Sims & R. Tahir (Eds.), Proceedings 27th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education Sentuhan (pp 316-333), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Abstract: 
The skill of improvisation is seen to be important in the development of any musician, although
its relative importance varies according to period and genre. Christopher Azarra (2002, 171)
asserts that as an essential component of music throughout history…improvisation involves an
ability to make music spontaneously within specified musical parameters. Improvisation is then
dependent on the condition that performers are able, first of all, to be ‘proficient in the language
they speak’. Musical improvisation, therefore, seems comfortably positioned in the training of
those who are well-versed “in this language”. As language differs from culture to culture, so do
expectations of musical improvisation. John Blacking (1973, 100) argues what is ultimately of
most importance in music cannot be learned like other cultural skills: it is there in the body,
waiting to be brought out and developed, like the basic principles of language formation.
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This paper was presented at the 27th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education Sentuhan, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 16 – 21 Jul 2006
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