Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Learning to Perform

Ioulia Papageorgi and Reinhard Kopiez

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730810
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Learning to Perform

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This article discusses psychological and physiological demands of learning to play a musical instrument and proposes ways of addressing them. It begins by discussing performance anxiety—one of the most common psychological problems experienced by musicians—and then considers physiological problems relating to sensorimotor and musculoskeletal functions. Next, the article looks at how musicians can address common psychological and physiological problems. Implications for teachers are also discussed, particularly concerning the assessment of students' susceptibility to performance anxiety and physical problems, as well as the development of critical skills in evaluating performance.

Keywords: musical instruments; instrumental learning; performance anxiety; physiological problems; musicians

Article.  7576 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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