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This study is an introduction examining the relationship between a performer and the audience in a musical improvisation context. Current research exploring performer-audience interaction in improvisation experiences is scant and typically framed in a purely narrative context. This study seeks to evaluate four different components of the performer and audience relationship; amount, or level, of experience with improvisation and comfort levels, flow, theory of mind, and emotional connection. A survey was generated and given to students in an improvisation class to collect results based on these four components. This study found that improvisation experience levels were low but comfort with improvisation was moderate; flow was somewhat achieved between performers and audience; theory of mind had some agreement between the audience and performers on emotional detection; and there was a mutual agreement between the performers and audience on how connected they felt and how engaging the performances were.
Kociba, Jessica, "Implications of Theory of Mind, Feelings of Connectedness, Flow State of Mind Through Active and Passive Music Improvisation Experiences" (2018). Honors Theses. 2954.
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