Researching Musical Improvisation: Questions and Challenges

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This article considers the art of jazz improvisation from the perspective of how it is defined and the challenges it poses to researchers exploring its cognitive basis. Questions on the nature of improvisation, the difference between student and professional improvisers, and the effect of context on improvisation were posed to expert jazz musicians and educators. An interdisciplinary approach to exploring the improvising brain scientifically and aesthetically will benefit these lines of inquiry.

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