Research Seminar: Prof. Eckart Altenmüller

Prof. Eckart Altenmüller
Prof. Eckart Altenmüller

Healthy Practising: how modern brain sciences contribute

"All musicians have to practice, all their professional lifetimes. It can be an extremely demanding and tiring activity, eventually leading to frustration and burnout. The more important aspects are self-management and optimal preparation for practice, be it bodily or mental and preservation of motivation. In my lecture I will give an overview about our and others’ studies on creativity in practising, its implications for practice techniques, beyond „variable practice“. I will describe the roles of self-concepts and the „systemic" interplay of practice behaviors, expectancies of the performers and feedback from peers, audience and critics. I will emphasise the neurobiological origin of these behaviors, linking creative practice to the serotonin and dopamine systems in the brain. Finally a „holistic“ model, accounting for the benefits of creative practice will be presented. The seminar will be accompanied by practical exercises, enabling students to really “experience” healthy practicing."

Eckart Altenmüller studied flute at the Paris Conservatoire and the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik and his clinical training was as a Neurologist and Neurophysiologist. SInce 1994, he is Chair/Director of the Institute of Music Physiology/Musicians' Medicine at the Hanover University of Music and Drama and continued his research into sensory-motor learning and movement disorders in musicians. He has published more than 250 scientific articles, edited seven books, is member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, Vice-President of the German Society for Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine and vice-president of the University of Music, Drama and Media, Hanover.

Limited number of seats available in this Research Seminar, for the public (seats will be automatically reserved for School of Music students who attend research seminars for coursework). Public RSVP via EventBrite listing.

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