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Music Performance Anxiety

Music Performance Anxiety

In today's instalment of the Practice Project Blog, we review the research paper "Music Performance Anxiety: New insights from young musicians" published by Dianna Kenny and Margaret Osborne in 2006.

Why We Love Music

Why We Love Music

Music is a powerful stimulus which affects many of us on an emotional level. In today's Practice Project blog, we discuss a 2011 research project which examined how our brains process the music we hear, and why we take so much pleasure from our musical experiences.

Practice Fundamentals #2

Practice Fundamentals #2

In the second part our double-bill on the techniques explored by Chuan C. Chang in 'Fundamentals of Piano Practice' (2007), we look at memorisation, mental play, pace modulation and post-practice improvement.

Practice Fundamentals #1

Practice Fundamentals #1

Today's issue of the Practice Project blog is the first part of a double-bill, covering the techniques embraced by Chuan C. Chang in his book, 'Fundamentals of Piano Practice' (2007), many of which are applicable to music practice more generally.

Animated Performance

Animated Performance

Under the spotlight in today's Practice Project blog is the research undertaken by Caitlyn Trevor and David Huron in 2018, and presented in their article "Animated Performance: ‘Better’ Music Means Larger Motions", which investigated how the conscious use of physical gestures by musicians can enhance perceived performance quality.

A Model for Effective, Independent Practice

A Model for Effective, Independent Practice

In this edition of the Practice Project Blog, we scrutinise Steve Oare’s 2011 article, "Teaching Instrumentalists to Practice Effectively" and his model for effective, independent music practice.

Good Vocal Health

Good Vocal Health

In this blog from our Practice Project series, we look into the topic of vocal health - how your voice works and how to look after it - with some helpful insights from Professor Peter LaPine.

Balancing Aesthetics and Technique

Balancing Aesthetics and Technique

In this Practice Project blog, we consider how to combine technical expertise and aesthetic interpretation in your teaching, practice and performance.

Common Practice Myths

Common Practice Myths

Our next topic in the Practice Project series is practice myths. Miranda Wilson's article, "Practice Mythbusters: Common Misconceptions About Practice For Advanced Students" (2012) debunks several commonly held misconceptions about music practice.

Rethinking Perfection

Rethinking Perfection

In today's blog, as part of our Practice Project series, we unpick the article: 'In Search of the “Perfect” Musical Performance’ by Paola Savvidou (2015), in which she encourages the pursuit of excellence, rather than perfection.