I recommend that my students are familiar with the concepts of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. His work on Flow is important for musicians. (There will be a spelling test as well.)

He has written a number of books on the subject: this one is a good starting place:

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper and Row. ISBN 0-06-092043-2

The wikipedia entry on the topic gives a basic overview. This is not a substitute for reading the book.


Also, I suggest watching "Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness" from a TED conference of MC speaking about his work.


Just a few youtube links for students:

Marvin Stamm - Improvisation for Beginners - YouTube

YouTube - Doc Severinsen with orchestra 1965

Maynard Ferguson - El Dopa (Live) - YouTube

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