Music on the Mind: September

8 Things To Give Up... And Not One Of Them Is Music


This event is free & general admission however tickets are required for entry


8 Things To Give Up… And Not One Of Them Is Music

Dr Margaret Osborne, Registered Psychologist, Rehabilitation Counsellor, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

About this talk:
Music affords many benefits for our mental health and wellbeing. In a cruel twist of fate, the act of performing music can be so distressing that it is endured with dread and fear, and in extreme cases, leads some to avoid performing altogether.

In this seminar Margaret will integrate a performance case study with clarinetist Paul Dean to discuss the eight common triggers to music performance anxiety. She’ll show how musicians at all levels, from young learners in the precious formative years of their musical life to those who take the stage at a violin concerto, might be able to give up these triggers to invite more musical performance, and thus wellbeing, into our lives.

Part of Music on the Mind. A series of free talks exploring the relationship between music and the human brain and the related links to social wellbeing, participation, learning and development and the role of music in our contemporary communities.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and the Music, Mind and Wellbeing initiative at The University of Melbourne


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Dr Margaret Osborne studied psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney, before completing a doctor of philosophy at The University of Sydney investigating the phenomenology and treatment of music performance anxiety in adolescents. She is a consulting Registered Psychologist, occupational Rehabilitation Counselor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in music psychology at The University of Melbourne, and previous President of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.

Margaret undertakes research evaluating the effectiveness of performance psychology programs to help musicians manage performance anxiety and enhance performance potential, as well as factors that impact on engagement in music learning and subsequent academic and non-academic outcomes. As a result of her academic and professional practice, Margaret is passionate about integrating cognitive, behavioural and neuroscientific research to formulate best-practice methods to build mental and physical health and resilience, and maximise performance potential.