Publication Date

2011-04-19

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2011-04-19

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Studio Music and Jazz (Music)

Date of Defense

2011-04-13

First Committee Member

Rachel Lebon

Second Committee Member

Whitney Sidener

Third Committee Member

Dennis Kam

Fourth Committee Member

Dante Luciani

Abstract

Three prominent jazz trumpeters, who cite visual experiences of colors, shapes, contours, or transcription – elements not directly related to the aural information typically described in the improvisational process – were selected and interviewed for this study. Each subject was asked to describe their conscious processes and visual experiences while improvising, with emphasis on personal development, content and musical intent. Additionally, each subject selected a recorded improvised solo to be analyzed and discussed, comparing traditional musical analytical techniques to their corresponding visual experiences. Pedagogical elements related to jazz education and personal practice were also included.

Keywords

Improvisation; Jazz; Visualization,

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