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date: 05 April 2020

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This article begins with a story of the songcatchers from the Kwakiutl, a First Nations people who lived along the Pacific coast from present-day Alaska to northern California. The inspiration for their songs came from the sounds of running water, wind, birds, and animals. The sounds were imitated, revised, and embellished by a song-maker. Then, the article provides an examination of some of the philosophical issues related to music educators' nurturing of their student songcatchers. It includes discussions of definitions and characteristics of composition, the origins of musical creativity, and pedagogical issues in teaching composition.

Keywords: Kwakiutl songcatchers, musical creativity, musical composition, musical education

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