Getting in tune with the psychology of musical performance

Terry, Peter and Ievleva, L. (2008) Getting in tune with the psychology of musical performance. In: 43rd Annual Australian Psychological Society Conference: Psychology Leading Change, 23-27 Sep 2008, Hobart, Australia.

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The performance demands placed upon musical performers are somewhat different to those impinging upon athletes. In the case of music, not only is the performer aiming for technical perfection, but also for artistic expression and interpretation that elicits an optimal response from the audience. Also, the standards for excellence are not as clear cut as in sport, which adds to the ambiguity and tends to increase the stress for performers. Further, musical performers may, in some instances, be required to provide one-on-one auditions with record company executives in order to win recording contracts; a situation that is notoriously anxiety-inducing. Sport psychology strategies have been documented to apply across a range of musical genres, from opera to alternative rock, and for a variety of purposes related to performance, including performance anxiety and other blocks to creative expression, group dynamics and communication issues, and to promote flow, for
example, during improvisation sessions among jazz musicians. This paper will (a) provide a brief overview of theory and research applied to music, (b) present a range of applications related to musical performance, and (c) provide a case study of a singersongwriter whose traumatic personal experiences provided the creative basis for her lyrics and musical
delivery.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 11:28
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2014 02:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: stage performers; recording companies; anxiety; stage fright
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190407 Music Performance
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/13043

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