Instrumental practice in an interactive sphere
The main objective of the project is to develop and establish a digital learning laboratory through which successful approaches to instrumental practice and performance preparation are thoroughly investigated and improved. The research project’s first analytical stage aims to try out and evaluate innovative methods applied in top athletes’ performance preparations. Through collaboration with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, performing music students and professors from the Norwegian Academy of Music will try out and evaluate the School of Sport Sciences´ laboratories of learning and psychology. Based on the experiences and knowledge developed during the first analytical stage, the project´s second stage will consist of the development of a laboratory for learning and performance preparation adapted for musicians at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
The laboratory is intended for future research on instrumental practice and performance enhancement, music students´ performance preparations, and workshops on instrumental practice. Close collaboration with performing music students and their respective professors is considered paramount for the duration of the project. The project is part of Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education´s (CEMPE) key portfolio.
On 1 January Hatfield was appointed senior researcher at CEMPE, were he will contribute with expertise on performance psychology and cross-disciplinary competence. Hatfield recently completed his PhD, “Determinants of motivation and self-regulation in aspiring musicians: The mental edge of musicianship”, concerning the actualisation and implementation of sports psychology techniques by performing musicians as they practise toward excellence.