Compositional process as discourse and interaction : a study of small group music composition processes in a school context
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“Compositional Process as Discourse and Interaction” is a study on compositional processes of pupils working in small groups in a public school music context. The study describes and discusses the main elements of compositional processes, in what ways compositional processes develop, how they are structured and constructed and what the connections are between the musical pieces being created and the process of their creation. This empirical study – inspired by phenomenological, ethnographic and socio-cultural theory – bases important parts of its findings on the use of ethnographic microanalysis of video footage. Findings suggest that significant events in the compositional processes can be identified in the form of Circle episodes, Focus episodes, Breakthroughs and Blockages, that small group compositional processes are highly relational and circular by nature and that generative activity, productive activity and communicative activity are major and equally important characteristics of compositional processes in school music.