Everyone’s music? Explorations of the democratic ideal in jazz and improvised music
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Original versionI: Verden inn i musikkutdanningene. Utfordringer, ansvar og muligheter, s. 29-54
By exploring the supposedly democratic ideal in jazz and improvised music, Corey Mwamba and Guro Gravem Johansen ask whether this music is everyone’s music. Their point of departure is the oft-cited narratives that emphasise jazz and improvised music as being “collaboratively oriented by nature and thus inherently democratic” (p. 29), alongside contrasting stories of tensions and conflicts between co-musicians. By discussing literature on democracy in (music) education and analysing four current performance practices in jazz and improvised music, they find that the “ideals of social inclusion, equity and collaboration should not be taken for granted as naturalised qualities of jazz and improvised music” (p. 38). Mwamba and Gravem Johansen show how highly recognised performers and educators – albeit advocates of equal participation and freedom of expression – still act in opposition to their ideals in their performance practices. As such, the authors remind us of how important it is to critically discuss and challenge narratives on practices in music education, in general, as well as in higher music education, in particular.
Utdanningsforskning i musikk – skriftserie fra CERM (Centre for Educational Research in Music);Vol. 3