Music On The Mind Lecture 5: Why Aren’t There More One-man Bands? The Psychology Of Musical Ensemble Performance

Associate Professor Peter Keller

Melbourne Recital Centre


6:00 pm

Musical ensemble performance is a social art form in which multiple individuals coordinate their actions in order to communicate aesthetic goals. Achieving these goals requires specialized cognitive-motor ensemble skills that facilitate precise yet flexible interpersonal coordination. This lecture will address the psychological processes and brain mechanisms that enable such coordination. Peter will describe key findings from research on the role of individual differences in cognitive-motor ensemble skills that allow co-performers to anticipate, attend, and adapt to each other’s actions in real time. He will also discuss the potential influence of social-psychological factors, including aspects of personality, upon the operation of these cognitive-motor ensemble skills.

Although this event is free, bookings are essential. Tickets can be booked through the Melbourne Recital Centre website. Podcasts of the lecture will be available a few days after the event on the Melbourne Recital Centre website.