Musical Excellence: Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Performance / Edition 1

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"Musical Excellence offers performers, teachers, and researchers new perspectives and practical guidance for enhancing performance and managing the stress that typically accompanies performance situations. It draws together, for the first time in a single collection, the findings of pioneering initiatives from across the arts and sciences. 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." Throughout, the book highlights ways for musicians to make the most of their existing practice, training, and experience and gives them additional tools for acquiring and developing new skills. Each chapter is underpinned by physical and psychological principles relevant to all performance traditions that demand dedication and resilience, unique artistic vision and effective communication.
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"Musical Excellence will serve as a valuable reference source for all those involved in the quest for enhanced performances. It should be very much welcomed by the music profession, including performers, teachers, students and researchers, as it offers a valuable foundation to inform empirically the training of practitioners for the achievement of artistic potential."--British Journal of Music Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198525356
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Royal College of Music, London
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Table of Contents

1 A guide to enhancing musical performance 3
2 General perspectives on achieving musical excellence 19
3 Managing the physical demands of musical performance 41
4 Measuring performance enhancement in music 61
5 Strategies for individual practice 85
6 Strategies for ensemble practice 105
7 Strategies for memorizing music 123
8 Strategies for sight-reading and improvising music 143
9 Physical fitness 163
10 Alexander technique 179
11 Physiological self-regulation : biofeedback and neurofeedback 197
12 Mental skills training 221
13 Feedback learning of musical expressivity 247
14 Drugs and musical performance 271
Epilogue : a note on future directions for enhancing musical performance 291
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