DR Margaret Osborne

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Positions

  • Academic Teaching

Research expertise

  • Performance anxiety (Music, examination, public speaking, sport)
  • Performance psychology (Anxiety, music, expertise, optimising potential, academic, performing arts, sports)
  • Performance science (Motivation, learning, creativity, genius, talent)
Dr Margaret Osborne is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and teaching specialist in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Melbourne. She graduated with a PhD from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney in which she investigated the phenomenology and treatment of music performance anxiety in adolescents. Margaret is also a registered psychologist, occupational rehabilitation and careers counsellor, and past-President of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.

Margaret’s work specialises in performance science and psychology. As a result of her research and professional practice, Margaret is passionate about assisting people to manage anxiety, build confidence, enhance performance, and develop emotional resilience. She works with Professor Gary McPherson and colleagues at the University of New South Wales, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Royal College of Music on an ARC Discovery Project which examines motivation and practice quality in musicians who are undertaking advanced training in music performance. In addition, she conducts her own research and teaching in psychological strategies to manage performance anxiety and enhance performance potential in musicians and athletes. In 2016 she helped establish IgniteLab, a  careers and entrepreneurship initiative which supports Melbourne Conservatorium of Music students to build 21st century careers.

Key research questions:
  • How can performance psychology support the optimal training and execution of performance skills?
  • How can we improve the health and well-being of musicians?
  • How can we integrate theoretical and therapeutic research in the cognitive, behavioural and neuroscientific domains to formulate best-practice methods to reduce debilitating anxiety and maximise performance potential?
For a list o f publications, papers and talks search for "Margaret S. Osborne" on Researchgate.net.

Subject Areas

  • Music
  • Mental Health
  • Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
  • Psychology not elsewhere classified

Available for supervision

Yes.
I am happy to supervise RHD students who have research interests in the following areas: • How can we integrate theoretical and therapeutic research in the cognitive, behavioural and neuroscientific domains to formulate best-practice methods to reduce debilitating anxiety and maximise performance potential? • How can performance psychology support the optimal training and execution of performance skills? • How can we improve the health and wellbeing of musicians? • How can we use knowledge of the benefits of music training to support new music educational programmes in schools?

Contact Details

Phone Number: 903 53503
email: mosborne@unimelb.edu.au

Publications

Journal Articles Refereed

OSBORNE M, MCPHERSON G, FAULKNER R, DAVIDSON J, BARRETT MS (2016), Exploring the academic and psychosocial impact of El Sistema-inspired music programs within two low socio-economic schools, Music Education Research, Vol 18, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.1080/14613808.2015.1056130
PATSTON T, OSBORNE M (2016), The developmental features of music performance anxiety and perfectionism in school-age music students. , DOI: 10.1016/j.peh.2015.09.003
MCPHERSON G, OSBORNE M, BARRETT MS, DAVIDSON J, FAULKNER R (2015), Motivation to study music in Australian schools: The impact of music learning, gender, and socio-economic status, Research Studies in Music Education, Vol 37, Issue 2 , DOI: 10.1177/1321103X15600914
BRADEN A, OSBORNE M, WILSON S (2015), Psychological intervention reduces self-reported performance anxiety in high school music students, Frontiers in Psychology , DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00195
OSBORNE M, GREENE D, IMMEL D (2014), Managing performance anxiety and improving mental skills in conservatoire students through performance psychology training: a pilot study, Psychology of Well-Being: theory, research and practice, Vol 4, Issue 18
OSBORNE M (2011), Creating musical futures in Australian schools and communities: Refining theory and planning for practice through empirical innovation, Context, Vol 35/36, Issue 1
OSBORNE M, KENNY T (2008), The role of sensitising experiences in music performance anxiety in adolescent musicians., Psychology of Music, Vol 36, Issue 4 , DOI: 10.1177/0305735607086051

Full Written Papers Refereed

MCPHERSON G, OSBORNE M, BARRETT S, FAULKNER (2014), Researching Australian school children's perceptions and outcomes of music learning, International Society for Music Education 2014, International Society for Music Education
OSBORNE M (2014), Performance psychology skills for musicians in performance training: elucidating key mechanisms for success, Performing Under Pressure: Internationales und interdisziplinares Symposium: 46. Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemainschaft fur Sportspsychologie & Art in Motion 2014 vom 29.-31. Mai 2014 Munchen
OSBORNE M (2013), Maximising performance potential:The efficacy of a performance psychology program to reduce music performance anxiety and build resilience in adolescents, International Symposium on Performance Science 2013, International Symposium on Performance Science

Research Book Chapters

OSBORNE M (2016), Psychological skills to support performance under pressure.. In MORNELL A (Eds.), Art in motion III: Performing under pressure (ISBN:978-3-631-67172-6)
MILBRATH, CONSTANCE , MCPHERSON G, OSBORNE M (2015), Artistic Development. In LIBEN LS, MULLER U, LERNER RM (Eds.), Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science. Volume 2: Cognitive Processes (ISBN:978-1-118-13678-2)
OSBORNE M (2014), Building performance confidence. In MCPHERSON G (Eds.), The child as musician: A handbook of musical development, Oxford University Press

Full Written Papers Unrefereed

OSBORNE M (2016), Enabling performance careers: Training for excellence in the context of arts entrepreneurship education

Journal Articles

OSBORNE M, KENNY DT, COOKSEY J (2007), Impact of a cognitive-behavioural treatment program on music performance anxiety in secondary school music students: A pilot study.
KENNY DT, OSBORNE M (2006), Music performance anxiety: New insights from young musicians.
OSBORNE M, KENNY DT (2005), Development and validation of a music performance anxiety inventory for gifted adolescent musicians.
OSBORNE M, KENNY DT, HOLSOMBACK R (2005), Assessment of music performance anxiety in late childhood: a validation study of the Music Performance Anxiety Inventory for Adolescents (MPAI-A).
OSBORNE M, FRANKLIN J (2002), Cognitive processes in music performance anxiety.

Audio-visual Recordings

OSBORNE M (2014), 8 things to give up...and not one of them is music

Education and Training

  • DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PSYCHOLOGY) PhD , University of Sydney, 2008
  • BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGY (HONOURS) BPSYCH (HONS) , Macquarie University, 1999