International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 12 Lived Aesthetic Inquiry 3

December 19, 2011

Feeling It Is How I Understand It: Found Poetry as Analysis

Jackie Wiggins
Oakland University, U.S.A.
Citation:Wiggins, J. (2011). Feeling it is how I understand it: Found poetry as analysis. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 12(LAI 3). Retrieved [date] from

This paper tells the story of a researcher's analysis process that became a journey to an unfamiliar place and, ultimately, to a new way of conceiving analysis and a new way of seeing--at least, new to me as researcher. The study was an analysis of interview data gleaned from a series of conversations about what it is to be a musician. I had interviewed about forty highly accomplished professional musicians inviting them to talk about their musicianship and how they think they learned what they know--from whom, under what circumstances, and at what points in their lives. From transcription and analysis of the transcripts and recordings, a wide range of themes had emerged, reflecting visions of musicianship, the nature of participants' music learning experiences, and insight into their musical lives. In this paper, I explore one of these themes: the physical nature of musical knowing and experience.

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