A Japanese Teacher Education Course in Creative Composition Project for Non-Music Majors: Challenging Creativity and Collaboration

Akira Ito (Okinawa Prefectural Arts University, Japan), Yoko Tsuji (Okayama Prefectural University, Japan), and Taichi Akutsu (Shujitsu University, Japan & Seisa University, Japan)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 234
EISBN13: 9781522598831|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8042-3.ch012
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The study documents the creative composition project for non-music education major students in Japan to investigate the process of learning from each other. The participants (N=49), non-music major university students, employed Higuchi's idea marathon (IM) to maximize creativity by writing down and recording innovative ideas daily. They spent six months composing music regularly. Some of the challenges that students felt were peer learning to learn together as the composition could be solitary work, and there were many students who possessed different musical background as well as preference in musical style. In this study, the teacher-researcher encouraged each student to care, and group of students to help and support each other and share the work of the students regularly in class. At the end, students reflected on the process of peer learning and peer-assessed creativity in each composition, and students performed the selected song in small groups as units. The study particularly focuses on how students learned from each other and achieved kyosei goal by sharing creativity.
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