Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP150103330 [ 2015-01-01 - 2019-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Dr Paul Evans (Chief Investigator) Prof Gary McPherson (Chief Investigator) A/Prof Peter Miksza (Partner Investigator) Prof Aaron Williamon (Partner Investigator) Prof Barry Zimmerman (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Understanding motivation and practice quality in elite music performance. This project examines motivation and practice quality in elite music performance. It applies major theoretical explanations from other domains where optimising motivation and practice quality has consistently been found to increase performance, persistence, learning, creativity, and wellbeing. The expected outcomes of the project address the competitiveness of Australian musicians, particularly in light of significantly lower funding for music institutions compared to international counterparts. The research endeavours to inform understandings about the nature of motivation and practice more generally, by extending conceptions that have until now been formed largely through research in non-artistic domains of human accomplishment.

Funding Amount $376,300

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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