Faculty Advisor

Bianchi, Frederick W.


The relation of where creativity occurs, in accordance with the brain, remains largely unknown. To analyze this concept, the form of creativity that was selected was music, in particular jazz improvisation. After much practice, during improvisation, the musician experiences a phenomenon called flow, where the performer “loses themself” in the performance. Creativity is amplified, as the performer is one with the music. Methods for musicians in reaching such a condition were investigated, such as meditation and sleep. These techniques were found to not be applicable, in a reasonable manner, to facilitate musicians in entering the state of flow.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts