Music performance science critically examines psychological, sociological and scientific research related to performing and creating music.
Undergraduate students can pursue their interest in music psychology by studying some of the fundamental principles of psychology which relate directly to the performing musician. They include performance anxiety, memory and recall, communication with fellow players and audiences, pressures placed upon the contemporary performer and how to manage them.
Graduate students can undertake further study in music psychology, music therapy, and performance teaching by examining skill acquisition from beginning to expert levels, the nature of musical ability and experience, teaching and learning processes in music, and therapeutic uses of music. Students may also conduct specialised research projects investigating musical development, optimising performance expertise and excellence, emotion and expression in musical performance, including embodied cognition, the psychology of voice, and music and health, especially musical activities in later life for well-being impact.
Graduates apply their enhanced knowledge of the wide range of psychological factors involved in optimising music learning and performance to challenge new ways of thinking about performing and teaching music in education, therapy, administration, and further research.