For over 20 years as a performer and teacher, Stephanie Khoury has been passionately exploring and challenging the norms in music learning and teaching that emphasize notation and performing repertoire. Originally trained as a classical guitarist, she recently completed a PhD
from McGill University in music education that sought to discover and develop alternative methods for learning improvisation and creative musicianship. She is a strong proponent of digital technology as a tool for democratizing music learning, cultivating critical thinking and emphasizing creativity in music. Her PhD work resulted in the development of Mübric, software for learning improvisation, which she is presently developing as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Computer Science at the University of Victoria.
Cultivating Creative Musicianship in the 21st Century
The manifesto published by the Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major (TFUMM) posits that improvisation and composition constitute a more appropriate musical foundation than the interpretation of older works. Finding practical ways to transition music curricula and pedagogy towards prioritization of creative musicianship is a challenge that demands attention. An in depth research-creation project was undertaken to advance knowledge and strategies for cultivating creative musicianship, resulting in the design of a framework and prototype for Creative Music Learning with Technology (CMLT). This discussion will explore the process, results, and implications of this work for future students.