funded by the ESRC: Teaching and Learning Research Programme under award RES-139-25-0101
The Investigating Musical Performance [IMP]: Comparative Studies in Advanced Musical Learning research project was a two-year comparative study of advanced musical performance which began in May 2006 and is funded by the ESRC under their Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP - http://www.tlrp.org/proj/Welch.html).
The project had been devised to investigate how classical, popular, jazz and Scottish traditional musicians deepen and develop their learning about performance in undergraduate, postgraduate and wider music community contexts. The project was conceived as a multi-site, multi-methods research project that draws equally on the strengths and expertise of the four higher education partners (the Institute of Education, University of London; University of York; Leeds College of Music; and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow).
Included in the research methodology was a specially-devised questionnaire, linked electronically to a 623 field database, that provided a comprehensive, short-term, longitudinal comparison of participants' (n= 280+) backgrounds, attitudes and approaches to advanced performance learning over a twelve month period. This data was complimented by interviews, individual case studies, focus groups and digital video analyses of studio-based instrumental lessons.
Preliminary analysis of the questionnaire data obtained from the first phase of data collection (July-October 2006) produced evidence of significantly different developmental profiles for classical and non-classical musicians. Classical musicians tended to have begun their engagement with music at an earlier age, and were influenced musically by family history, instrumental or vocal teachers and formal groups. Conversely, non-classical musicians were more likely influenced by well-known performers and informal groups. There was some evidence of the influence of private vs. state-maintained education; of those who had attended independent schools, the majority were classical musicians. Differences were also found relating to participants' beliefs about expertise in music teaching and performance and in their perceived musical self-efficacy and performance anxiety. Whilst classical musicians tended to spend more time practising alone and rated themselves more highly on musicality and expressive skills, non-classical musicians appeared to manage performance anxiety more effectively and experienced more pleasure, overall, from their musical activities.
'Typical' profiles of classical and non-classical musicians were presented at the national TLRP conference (November 2006, Glasgow) and at research seminars in London (Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, UCL and Institute of Education, both March, 2007), as well as the international Music Education Research conference in Exeter (April, 2007). Presentations highlighted points in the musicians' developmental paths when significant influences and choices may have contributed to the formation of "classical" or "non-classical" musical identities. Important points of similarity and differences were discussed and the implications of these two musical trajectories for teaching and learning were explored.
Related data on differences between instrumental musicians and singers was presented as an invited keynote at the national Finnish Music Educators conference in Oulu, Finland (March, 2007) and informed a keynote at the World Creativity Summit in Hong Long, China (July, 2007).
The research methodology embraced aspects of research approaches adopted in earlier funded research for the ESRC (Hargreaves & Welch, 2002-2003) and AHRB (Welch, 2002-2003; Howard & Welch, 2003-2004). In addition, a funded research link 2007-2009 had been established with the University of Tasmania, funded by the Australian Research Council.
The award holders are Welch, Duffy, Potter and Whyton and the two-year research project (2006-2008) commenced in April 2006.
- Professor Graham Welch, IoE
- Celia Duffy, RSAMD
- Dr John Potter, University of York
- Dr Tony Whyton, LCM
- Dr Ioulia Papageorgi, IoE
- Dr Andrea Creech, IoE
- Dr Frances Morton, RSAMD
- Liz Haddon, University of York
- Dr Christophe De Bézenac, LCM
selected project public output...
- IMP ESRC Final Research Report (end of award)
- TLRP Research Briefing No 61
- TLRP Research Briefing No 57
- Creech, A., Papageorgi, I., Duffy, C., Morton, F., Haddon, L., Potter, J., de Bezenac, C., Whyton, T., Himonides, E. and Welch, G. F. Investigating musical performance: Commonality and diversity amongst classical and non-classical musicians. MS submitted for publication
- Papageorgi, I., Creech, A., Duffy, C., Potter, J., Whyton, T., Morton, F., Haddon, L., de Bezenac, C., Himonides, E. and Welch, G. F. Investigating musical performance: The development and prediction of expertise in advanced musical learners. MS submitted for publication
- Duffy, C. and Papageorgi, I. Investigating musical performance: An introduction. International Conference in Teaching, Learning and Performing Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK (1-2 July 2006)
- Haddon, L. Investigating Musical Performance: Project overview and introduction. Research Seminar, University of York (8 November 2006)
- De Bezenac, C. Investigating Musical Performance: The Project's Aims, Objectives, Methodology and Underlying Rationale. Research Seminar, Leeds College of Music (10 November 2006)
- Papageorgi, I. and Creech, A. Investigating musical performance: A comparative investigation of classical and non-classical musicians' approach to teaching and learning. Economic and Social Research Council, (ESRC), Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK (20-22 November 2006)
- De Bezenac, C. Investigating Musical Performance: Initial Findings Showing Differences Between Classical and Non-Classical Musicians. Research Seminar, Leeds College of Music (9 March 2007)
- Welch, G. F., Papageorgi, I. and Creech, A. Investigating Musical Performance: Project overview and selection of findings. Music and the Brain Group, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. London (20 March 2007)
- Welch, G. F., Papageorgi, I. and Creech, A. Attitudes towards musical skills, musical activities and the nature of expertise in musical performance: Commonality and diversity amongst musicians of different musical genres. Research Seminar, Institute of Education, University of London. (21 March 2007)
- Papageorgi, I. and Creech, A. Investigating Musical Performance: A Comparative investigation of classical and non-classical musicians. 5th International Research in Music Education (RIME) Annual Conference, University of Exeter, UK (10-14 April, 2007)
- Welch, G.F. Investigating Musical Performance: Comparative Studies in Advanced Musical Learning - Singers and other Instrumentalists. Opening Keynote, 11th National Symposium on Music Research, University of Oulu, Finland (30 April 2007)
- Welch, G.F. Investigating musical behaviour and development in children and adults. Invited specialist tutor, Italian Society for Music Education (SIEM), Bologna Research School, Italy (26-27 May 2007)
- De Bezenac, C. Investigating Musical Performance: Update on Research Activities (Case Studies; Focus Groups; Interviews; Research Days in Glasgow and Leeds). Research Seminar, Leeds College of Music (30 May 2007)
- Duffy, C. and Morton, F. Investigating Traditional Music Learning. True North: Teaching the music of the Highlands and Islands in Higher Education Conference. Perth College (13-14 June 2007)
- Haddon, L. It's all in the mind: The role of mental imagery in musical learning Research Seminar, University of York (27 June 2007)
- Welch, G.F. Creativity and the Arts. Invited Keynote. World Creativity Summit, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Hong Kong, China (23-25 July 2007)
- Welch, G.F. Investigating Musical Performance: Initial findings from a major UK study. Housewright Eminent Scholar presentation, Florida State University, Talahassee, USA (29 October 2007)
- Haddon, L. Concepts in Practice: What does mental musical imagery mean to university music students and their professors? International Symposium on Performance Science: Theories, Methods and Applications in Music. Porto, Portugal (22-23 November 2007)
- Welch, G.F. Investigating Musical Performance: Findings and Implications for Learning and Teaching. Powerpoint Presentation, Leeds College of Music, 29 June 2009.