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Art in Motion

Musical and Athletic Motor Learning and Performance

Edited By Adina Mornell

Musicians tend to believe that the mystery of their art cannot be objectively studied, quantified, or explained. As a result, the term «motor learning» is rarely used in connection with musicians, and an empirical approach to musical performance is more the exception than the rule. Sports scientists, however, show a great interest in musicians because of their advanced skill level and the attentional and emotional demands of the concert stage. This work combines knowledge across disciplines. Advances toward an understanding of human behavior and cognition offer clues to strategies of motor learning and performance that promote the well-being of musicians and athletes. This book provides a forum for an interdisciplinary exchange of research, laying the groundwork for future projects.


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257 • Ginsborg, Jane Jane Ginsborg’s first career was as a professional singer. She is now a Research Fellow at the RNCM where she investigates the social and cognitive processes underlying expert music performance and teaches music psychology. She holds undergraduate degrees in music (York) and psychology (Open), an Advanced Diploma (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and a PhD (Keele). She has lectured and carried out research in psychology at the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield, and was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University until 2005. She has won prizes and awards from the British Psychological Society, the British Voice Association and Palatine, the UK Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Music, Dance and Drama. Grabner, Elisabeth Since 1988 Elisabeth Grabner has taught viola at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, as well as performed in concerts worldwide as a chamber musician. She is an instructor and researcher in the field of musicians’ health, as well as an executive coach and counselor for managers and teams in profit- and non-profit organizations. She has worked with over 600 musicians, coaching successful performance skills. Her focus is on supporting them so that they can joyfully unfold their full potential as artists. Herwelly, Susanne Susanne Herwelly, born in 1983 in Graz, is a musician, violin teacher and psychologist. Her studies focus on health care of performing artists and the influences of strain and recovery on condition and performance. susanne.herwelly...

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