jam2jam: Networked Improvisational Musical Environments

Dillon, Steven C. (2006) jam2jam: Networked Improvisational Musical Environments. In Leung, Bo Wah & Moore, Marvelene (Eds.) School Music and Teacher Education: A Global Perspective in the New Century. Hong Kong: Department of CAPE, the Hong Kong Institute of Education & International Society for Music Education (ISME), Hong Kong, pp. 19-30.

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This paper examines the emerging concept of networked improvisation. In particular it reports on the development of jam2jam software and its associated research projects. These projects offer a proof of concept over a 3-year trail period of the idea of collaborative musical environments on a network and describe the effects on meaningful engagement in music making. The paper follows a structure presented at the practical workshop at MISTEC and highlights the emerging learning opportunities of real-time improvisation using digital instruments connected via electronic networks and the broad range of school and community applications further illustrated by the series of ongoing case studies and its potential as a new concept for music learning.

It is proposed that the concept of networked improvisational musical environments adds a new dimension of online music learning that incorporates the advantages of real time ensemble activity into music technology learning experiences. Furthermore the researchers suggest that the emerging learning opportunities of real-time improvisation using digital instruments connected via electronic networks that use algorithmic musical structures become curriculum structures that frame the musical knowledge and focus and engage the learner in an interactive musical experience.

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ID Code: 6684
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author: sc.dillon@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Music teacher education, generative music making, networked environments, Improvisation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 ISME
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:38

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