Excellence in music performance is enabled by deliberate, high quality practice. Unfortunately, such hard work can sometimes be a lonely and challenging pursuit, and it may, in turn, lead to injury and burnout. Understanding, developing, and maintaining good habits and consistent motivation to practise is key to any performer’s success.
Optimal Music Performance investigates how motivation to practise can be enhanced and how practice itself can be made more beneficial and enjoyable. It employs an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on theoretical and practical frameworks from performance science and psychology, to investigate components of musicians’ practice and achievement, as well as how these are influenced by intrapersonal and environmental catalysts.
The project is engaging advanced student and professional musicians, teachers, administrators, and researchers in order to provide better understanding of how to acquire and enhance the skills needed to become an expert performer.