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Lecture-Recital: Coping with Performance Anxiety

18 April 2012

Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr Susan O'Neill, together with pianist Dr Yaroslav Senyshyn present a lecture-recital focusing on the issue of performance anxiety in musicians.

Coping with performance anxiety is a challenge for artists throughout their careers, and is usually described in negative terms as a problem or obstacle that must be overcome. Less common is the notion that performance anxiety is a positive creative force that energizes and heightens a particular goal or outcome.

This lecture-recital presents an alternative approach to the issue of performance anxiety, one that is more useful in terms of its implications for helping individuals, and which describes the ways in which performing artists might use the notion of an emergent self and the notion of catalysts for transformational learning to rething ideas about the importance and value of performance anxiety for creative potential and well-being.

Dr Susan O’Neill is an Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Director of Research for Youth, Music and Education (RYME) , Simon Fraser University, Canada. She is a Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne, generously supported by the Miegunyah Fund.

When: Wednesday 18 April, 2:15pm - 3:45pm

Where: Melba Hall, Melba Conservatorium of Music, Gate 12, University of Melbourne, Royal Parade, Parkville

Free admission: register online