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A Field Study of Sixth-Grade Students' Creative Music Problem-Solving Processes

Lisa C. DeLorenzo
Journal of Research in Music Education
Vol. 37, No. 3 (Autumn, 1989), pp. 188-200
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3344669
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

In this qualitative research study, the author examined the creative problem-solving processes of sixth-grade students in the general music class. Eight creative problem-solving activities were videotaped at four school sites. Starting with the assumption that problem solving involves a series of choices, the author analyzed the student's chain of music decisions from problem perception through problem solution. Findings demonstrated that highly involved problem solvers explored and organized sound for its musical expressiveness, while uninvolved problem solvers rarely based their decision making on musical concerns. In addition, the problem structure and the student's perception of the problem's relevance seemed to influence the problem-solving process. The author concluded that structured exploratory experiences with related discussion, as well as problems that encourage students to determine their own forms in music, may facilitate higher levels of musical thinking.

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