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The Improvisational Etude: a Model for Creative Practice

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posted on 04.09.2017, 23:51 by DANIEL FRANCIS SHEEHAN
This research investigates the adaption and application of the classical piano etude as a tool for improvisational performance practice. The research outlines a five-stage model based on the composition, development and performance of improvisational etudes, incorporating reflection to better understand the processes involved in instrumental practice, and how new skills emerge in real-time performance. Presented in the form of composed scores, recorded performances and an exegesis, this research positions the improvisational etude model as a useful template for practitioners seeking to pursue idiosyncratic outcomes in their practice.


Principal supervisor

Paul Williamson

Additional supervisor 1

Robert Burke

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Theatre, Performance and Music


Master of Arts

Degree Type



Faculty of Arts

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