Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/18070
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Creativity
Instrumental music education
Confucianism
Pragmatism
Transcultural
Issue Date: 
2015
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Tan, L. (2015). Confucian creatio in situ: Philosophical resource for a theory of creativity in instrumental music education. Music Education Research, 18(1), 91-108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14613808.2014.993602
Abstract: 
In this philosophical essay, I propose a theory of creativity for instrumental music education inspired by Confucian creatio in situ ("situational creativity"). Through an analysis of three major texts from classical Confucianism – the Analects, the Zhongyong ("Doctrine of the Mean"), and the Daxue ("The Great Learning") – I posit a theoretical model of creativity for instrumental music education that comprises the following pairs of facets: situation and sincerity, tradition and training, and circumscription and collaboration. I then highlight how several ideas in this model bear striking similarities to those of the American pragmatists, in particular, John Dewey, and conclude by sketching a sample application of this theory. This study grounds creativity in performance in bands and orchestras by appeal to a major Asian philosophical tradition, and also serves as an initial step towards a transcultural theory of creativity for music education relevant to the present globalised world.
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This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Music Education Research. The published version is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14613808.2014.993602
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1461-3808 (print)
1469-9893
Other Identifiers: 
10.1080/14613808.2014.993602
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