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Music: Psychology Of Performance – Developing Performance Confidence – University Masterclass With Dr Michael Bonshor From The University Of Sheffield

3rd February 2021 @ 13:00 - 13:45



In this masterclass, Dr Michael Bonshor, Course Director for the MA Music Psychology in Education, Performance and Wellbeing at The University of Sheffield, will consider the Psychology of Performance and explore the theory and practice behind the development of performance confidence.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Lecturer Profile: Dr Michael Bonshor has a background as a professional singer with international contracts, and as a conductor of amateur and professional ensembles. He has had a longstanding private teaching practice, and has taught music in schools, further education colleges and universities. Michael has published research on music performance anxiety, confidence building for singers and conductors, and wellbeing among brass band players. He is course director for the University of Sheffield’s MA Music Psychology in Education, Performance and Wellbeing, and co-investigator on the University of Derby’s current research into choir leadership and singing for mental health.

Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Music and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider questions they have about studying Music and, more specifically, issues they may face with performance.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



3rd February 2021
13:00 - 13:45
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