The Value of Music Participation, 3
The 12 college students I interviewed in my study offered this reason explaining why they continued to participate in music performance groups not related to their majors.
Finding opportunities to use imagination and creativity through music.
“Music can offer multiple opportunities for developing creativity and imagination” is a finding from research by Burton, Horowitz, and Abeles that confirms this.=. Although traditional instrumental music education tends to emphasize performance over creativity, five participants gave a number of examples of how they have exercised imagination and creativity.
Kim: [A piece of music is] open for interpretation. It’s like a blank canvas almost. And I think for me, musically and socially, it’s really made me think outside of the box.
Jaymie: In music “you’re always thinking, ‘Well, what was this composer thinking about when they wrote this? What was the meaning behind it?’”
Josie: I am “really interested in what they [composers] were doing, trying to figure out what notes, what section was playing and trying to separate it.”
Steve: “ Five years ago I began writing my own music, basing it off things that I hear.”
Brad : [While playing jazz] “you’re allowed to be creative on your own. It’s about creating something that someone else can listen to.”