Musical creativity: its origin and how it functions in an therapeutic context
Abstract: This thesis, based largely on the author/composer's own ideas and those of others who compose, contains three chapters. In the first chapter a theory of creativity is presented which defines the creative process and its origin. The second chapter describes the process of musical creativity. The organization of primary musical elements, intervals, chords, and form are discussed as are the factors that influence how an individual constructs the music. The conveyance of the composer's character, the performer's interpretation and the audience's emotional reaction are addressed. The relationship of musical creativity to music therapy, focusing largely on the technique of improvisation, for both dysfunctional and healthy individuals, is the subject of chapter three.
Keyword(s): Creativity, improvisation, composition.