Perceptions of developing creativity in piano performance and pedagogy: An interview study from the Chinese perspective

Yuan ZHENG, Bo Wah LEUNG

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Abstract

Although creativity in music is a topic widely considered and studied among global music educators, it has received limited attention in China while quite a number of Chinese pianists have been recognized on the international stage. How do Chinese pianists and professors perceive creativity in piano performance? How would they nurture creativity in the performances of their own and/or their students? Employing the Grounded Theory approach, this study investigated the perceptions of creativity in piano performance of 13 eminent pianists and professors from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou through a series of semi-structured interviews. The interviewees identified several factors related to the development of musical creativity in piano performance, including pianists’ relevant knowledge, their musical and life experiences, imagination and association, reflection and musical judgment, performing environments, and the Chinese cultural elements of holism and dynamism. Implications for teaching include the encouragement of a balance between Western and Chinese epistemologies in both analytical and abstract thinking. In nurturing students’ creativity in piano performances, students should live in culture-related contexts, and understand the world in a holistic epistemology with an abstract imagination. This study has further provided a more holistic understanding of how to nurture musical creativity with an alternative perspective. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Studies in Music Education
Early online date17 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Sep 2021

Citation

Zheng, Y., & Leung, B.-W. (2021). Perceptions of developing creativity in piano performance and pedagogy: An interview study from the Chinese perspective. Research Studies in Music Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1321103X211033473

Keywords

  • Chinese culture
  • Chinese perspective
  • Creativity
  • Music performance
  • Piano pedagogy

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