Harrison, Clive Maxwell

PhD University of Newcastle 2016 Pages: 445

A songwriter’s journey from little-c to pro-c creativity: an applied analytical autoethnography

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In this thesis the author, a successful songwriter and professional musician with a forty-year career in Australian contemporary music, describes, analyses, and reflects autoethnographically upon his own creative activity. In seeking answers to the research question posed, ‘How do songwriters go from fair, to good, to great?’, its similarity and relevance to the little-c, Pro-C and Big-C creativity favoured by Kaufman and Beghetto (2009), was identified as a useful construct to focus research. The approach employed in this research reveals a creative journey from its beginnings in the early seventies from little-c creativity, in James Kaufman and Ronald Beghetto’s terms of everyday creativity, to an establishment of Pro-C creativity, that is professional creativity, followed by an effort to move towards more significant, Big-C or eminent creativity (Kaufman &​ Beghetto, 2009). The primary research question employed to focus the research was ‘how do songwriters go from fair, to good, to great?’ ...

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