Music making, practising and the brain

Knowledge on how the brain functions can give us more insight on several aspects of music making and practising. How much time does it take from the first ‘Yes, I can!’ experience of a musician until internalizing skills? How many hours are we supposed to practice? What is ‘mastery’ and how can we ‘let go’ without losing control? How can we learn to deal with stage anxiety? What is needed to make us play at our highest level on stage? And how can we make sure we are in the right ‘state of mind’ whilst playing and practising?

In the lecture and masterclass we will acknowledge more about how learning proceeds in the brain, we will discuss awareness and focus, we will learn about mental preparation, stage anxiety and the FFF respons and we will see how thin the line is between joy and frustration.