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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The nature of inspiration in artistic creativity
by Garberich, Mark David, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008, 112; 3348106
Abstract (Summary)

Inspiration is a recurrent theme in artistic creativity throughout history and across creative domains, but has declined dramatically in use among researchers and psychologists since the late 19th century. However, it continues to remain in common use among professionals in the creative arts. This paper examines the dichotomy between intellectual inquiry and personal accounts of the creative experience within the artistic professions, and develops a philosophical argument for reconsideration of the definition and use of the term. Part of the argument rests on the claim of uniqueness of the creative experience in the arts in the areas of the creative personality, creative environment, creative process and creative product. Upon the basis of observable characteristics of inspiration as an experience, the author offers a broadened definition of inspiration and makes specific and practical recommendations for music education instruction in the area of creativity and music composition.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kratus, John
School: Michigan State University
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: DAI-A 70/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Music education, Education philosophy
Keywords: Artistic creativity, Creative process, Creativity, Creativity in music, Inspiration, Music education creativity
Publication Number: 3348106
ISBN: 978-1-109-03612-1
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