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Facing the music
Employing science and technology to enhance professional training
November 5, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Musicians typically rehearse far away from their audiences and in practice rooms that differ significantly from the concert venues in which they aspire to perform. Due to high costs and the inaccessibility of such venues, much current international music training lacks repeated exposure to realistic performance situations, with students learning all too late (or not at all) how to manage the stresses of performing and the demands of their audiences.
In this lecture Aaron Williamon will explore the physiological and psychological differences between practising and performing, specifically examining cardiovascular and neuroendocrine responses in musicians when performing under pressure.
It will also introduce the ‘Performance Simulator’, an innovative new facility which operates in two modes: (i) concert and (ii) audition simulation. Initial results demonstrate that the Simulator allows musicians to develop and refine valuable professional skills, including enhancement of communication on stage and effective management of performance anxiety.
When & where
Thursday, November 5, 2015 @ 4:30pm
Tanna Schulich Hall, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street West
A reception will take place after the lecture in room A833 (8th floor).
Admission is free.