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Musical Excellence: Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Performance

Aaron Williamon

Abstract

This book offers new perspectives and practical guidance for enhancing performance and managing the stress that typically accompanies performance situations. Specific recommendations are provided alongside comprehensive reviews of existing theory and research, enabling the practitioner to place the strategies and techniques within the broader context of human performance, and encouraging novel ways of conceptualizing music making and teaching. Part I sets out ground rules for achieving musical excellence. What roles do innate talent, environmental influences, and sheer hard work play in attain ... More

Keywords: musical performance, stress, strategies, techniques, music making, teaching, musical excellence, talent, environmental influences, practice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198525356
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525356.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Williamon, editor
Centre for Performance Science, Royal College of Music, London, UK

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Contents

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Part I Prospects and Limits

Chapter 4 Measuring performance enhancement in music

GARY E. MCPHERSONand EMERY SCHUBERT

Part II Practice Strategies

Chapter 6 Strategies for ensemble practice

JANE W.DAVIDSON andELAINE C.KING

Part III Techniques and Interventions

Chapter 9 Physical fitness

ADRIAN H.TAYLOR AND DAVID WASLEY

Chapter 10 Alexander Technique

Elizabeth Valentine

Chapter 12 Mental skills training

CHRISTOPHER CONNOLLY AND AARON WILLIAMON

Chapter 13 Feedback learning of musical expressivity

PATRIK N. JUSLIN, ANDERS FRIBERG, ERWIN SCHOONDERWALDT, AND JESSIKA KARLSSON