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Performance Centre

The Performance Center introduce psychological methods and knowledge that exist within performance, music psychology and sports psychology to students at the Artistic master's programs in music.

The Malmö Academy of Music is one of few music institutions in the world that applies psychological science and research during education. Our Performance Center organizes seminars, workshops and labs where students can develop their musical performance. It is also a meeting place for music and psychology students with the aim to exchanging experiences and knowledge. The students are also encouraged to carry out their degree projects together.

Ongoing projects:

The Performing Human Being - a unique course for musicians
"You just have to practice enough, and everything will be fine!"

Is it really that simple? Why does it feel so hard at times? The course aims to provide psychological knowledge about how we function on stage and as performers. It covers topics that may be of interest to music students who want to further develop and deepen psychological aspects of their musicianship.The course includes lectures, seminars and group work on learning, memorization as well as mental, cognitive and psychological processes for example performances and rehearsals. There will also be an opportunity for participants to raise specific problems, situations, or other issues related to the topic for us as a group to work with. The Performing Human Being is based on student active participation, their reflections and input. It features work shop and discussions. It is an opportunity to learn from each other and of course from the research material presented. Students are encouraged to bring their instruments.


Relevant student papers:

"Making a small mistake is actually not the whole world." A thematic analysis of six classical musicians' perspectives on performance anxiety. Emma Holmgren, Department of Psychology, 2020.


Previous projects:

Admission for female conductors
The project runs between 2019-2020 and addresses / problematises the conductor's role in Western classical art music, focusing on women's opportunities to develop in the profession. The project has been granted funding from Lund University's for projects within equality.


Francisca Skoogh
Pianist, leg. psykolog, adjunkt i piano, doktorand i konstnärlig forskning på Musikhögskolan  

in collaboration with:

Per Johnsson
Docent, leg psykolog, universitetslektor vid institutionen för psykologi
Simon Granér
Universitetslektor vid institutionen för psykologi