Chapter

The Performer

Andreas C. Lehmann, John A. Sloboda and Robert H. Woody

in Psychology for Musicians

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195146103
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851164 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146103.003.0009
The Performer

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This chapter augments the musical skills identified in the previous chapters—which are individual and personal—and provides insights into how a musician can become a more accomplished performer, especially in a group setting. It presents several often overlooked points in being a performer. First, the performer's physical appearance and behavior on stage has an impact on how the audience perceives and hears the musical performance. Second, a musician's gestures and body language during the performance can be effective communication tools that cue the audience to the performer's emotional intent. Third, the success of an ensemble performance depends on the group dynamics and the collaborative problem-solving abilities of the individual members. Fourth, group performance involves a special set of musical skills which have to be learned. The last point reiterates that a musician's enjoyment and fulfillment is closely tied to his ability to manage the inherent stresses involved.

Keywords: performer; ensemble; musician; musical performance; group dynamics; emotional intent

Chapter.  7744 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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