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The Improvising Mind
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Dedication Acknowledgements Prelude 1: Introduction Part I; Cognition and the Pedagogy and Learning of Improvisation2: The pedagogy of improvisation I: Improvisation treatises of mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries 3: The pedagogy of improvisation II: Pedagogical strategies 4: Learning to improvise; Learners' perspectives 5: Music and language cognition compared I: Acquisition Part II: Cognition in Improvised Performance 6: Improvised performance: Performers' perspectives 7: The neurobiology of improvisation 8: Music and language compared II; Production 9: Cadenza Coda: Constraints and freedom; Improvisation in music, language, and nature Bibliography Index

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Aaron Berkowitz received his Bachelor degrees in Music (B.A.) and Biology (B.S.) from George Washington University, his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and his Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, where he received a Presidential Fellowship, a Mind/Brain/Behavior Research Award, and the Oscar S. Schafer Award for Excellence in Teaching. His research has been published in NeuroImage and Twentieth Century Music, he has been an invited speaker at several major US universities and conferences, and he has served as a guest professor in music and psychology at Tufts University. He has performed throughout Europe and the US as a pianist and fortepianist, and his compositions have been performed in Europe and the US, including at Carnegie Hall.

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There are many reasons to recommend The Improvising Mind, not least its allure for professional academic audiences, and yet wider appeal; and the potential for its subject matter to provoke cogitation on sociological, psychological and philosophical matters. * Psychology of Music, Jan 2013 *
Although the primary readership for The Improvising mind: Cognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment is likely to be musicologists, psychologists, musicians and educators, anyone fascinated by the act, process, development, skills and even the miracle of creativity will find much in Aaron Berkowitz's book to intrigue, inform and stimulate them. * Classical Net *
This is a short book at under 200 substantive pages. But it's one well deserving of attention ... Although the primary readership for The Improvising mind: Cognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment is likely to be musicologists, psychologists, musicians and educators, anyone fascinated by the act, process, development, skills and even the miracle of creativity will find much in Aaron Berkowitz's book to intrigue, inform and stimulate them. * Classical Net *

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