Supporting Creative Musical Mindsets in Ensemble Learning

Casey Schmidt*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article suggests pathways for supporting habits of creativity and the development of creative mindsets in performance-ensemble learning spaces. The Wallas model of creative thought is used to frame the concept of creative musical mindsets. The author reflects on the assumptions and principles outlined in the stages of this influential model and suggests how facets of the model inform creative skill development in music learning. A developmental framework for creative musical mindsets and practical approaches to support habits of creativity in performance-ensemble learning are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
JournalMusic Educators Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • creative mindset
  • creative thinking
  • music creativity
  • performance ensemble
  • Wallas model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Education


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