Extending flow further: Narrative of a Filipino musician

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


This paper is a preliminary attempt to describe how flow was experienced by an eminent singer-songwriter from the Philippines. Csikszentmihalyi (1990, 1996) has written extensively about the elements of the flow state among creative people and its contributions to positive psychology and optimal level of functioning. Through multiple in-depth interviews (nine hours and 45 minutes of conversation) conducted with the artist-collaborator, it was evident that while flow was indeed experienced and keenly felt, there were cross-cultural variations and nuances that made the experience distinct. This paper explores how the concept of flow can be extended further to reflect the realities of an artist coming from a different sociocultural background. The implications of the research findings for educators and practitioners are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-444
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Music Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Filipino musician
  • flow
  • peak experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music


Dive into the research topics of 'Extending flow further: Narrative of a Filipino musician'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this