Research Students in Performance Science
Psychological Wellbeing of Professional Musicians and Music Students
Sara Ascenso is a Barry Shaw Award Doctoral candidate at the RCM. Her PhD research focuses on the psychological wellbeing of professional musicians and music students. Sara graduated in piano performance from the National Superior Orchestra Academy of the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, is a Licenciate in clinical psychology from the University of Lisbon and holds an MSc in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music. She is currently a Learning Support Advisor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, a Graduate Teaching Assistant at King’s College London and visiting lecturer at the University of Lisbon, alongside also collaborating with teaching within the RCM's MSc in Performance Science.
- Sara Ascenso, Aaron Williamon, Rosie Perkins. ‘Understanding the wellbeing of professional musicians through the lens of Positive Psychology ‘ in Psychology of Music, May 2016
- Daisy Fancourt , Rosie Perkins, Sara Ascenso, Aaron Williamon. ‘Group Drumming Modulates Cytokine Response in Mental Health Services Users: A Preliminary Study’ in PLoS ONE, March 2016
- Daisy Fancourt , Rosie Perkins, Sara Ascenso, Aaron Williamon. ‘Effects of Group Drumming Interventions on Anxiety, Depression, Social Resilience and Inflammatory Immune Response among Mental Health Service Users’ in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Nov 2015
Vera Da Fonte
Entering the Composer’s Mind: The understanding of the creative process as a fundamental tool toward the memorization of contemporary piano music
Vera is an RCM Scholar supported by a McFadzean Whyte Award. Her research examines music memorisation, predominantly in the contemporary piano repertoire. A performer of solo and chamber repertoire, she has premiered works by such composers as Vitorino d'Almeida, Paulo Bastos and Luís Pipa. In 2013 she became vice president of the Portuguese branch of European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA Portugal).
Katherine Elizabeth Liley
The feeble fingers of every unregenerate son of Adam: Cultural values in pianists’ health and skill development
Kate’s research focusses on injury prevention and skill development in pianists. She is an RCM Scholar currently supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award, having last year been supported by a Lucy Ann Jones Award.
Changes in the Self-Concept of Audience Development Participants
Paolo’s PhD focusses on the effects that music activities may have on the self-concept of elderly people and music students involved in such a kind of intervention. He is interested in audience development and has created outreach events in nursing homes, music shops and small communities. He is an RCM Scholar supported by a McFazdean Whyte Award.
Towards a career in music: an investigation of perceived pathways and barriers for musicians
Martina’s research focuses on musician's wellbeing and the investigation of musical career pathways. Martina is an RCM Scholar supported by a McFadzean Whyte Award and is supported by The Seary Charitable Trust. In addition, Martina works as a piano teacher and a music tutor for children.
George Keith Waddell
Time to decide: A study of evaluative decision making in music performance
George’s research focusses on the processes underpinning performance assessment, examining musical decision-making among judges and audiences and the development of evaluative skills. George is currently working on the TELMI project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which seeks to develop technologies that enhance instrumental music teaching.
- Waddell, G (2015), Review of Expressiveness in Music Performance: Empirical Approaches Across Styles and Cultures (OUP, 2014), Psychology of Music, 43, 909-912
Berenice Beverley Zammit
An Investigation of Musicians' Performance Preparation and Pre-performance Routines
Berenice’s research focuses on the effects of acute exercise on music performance and anxiety. She is supported by the Robert McFadzean Whyte Award and the Leverhulme Postgraduate Award. Berenice's interests include musicians' physical and psychological wellbeing; musicians' fitness and injury prevention.