Articles From 2013

MMW demonstrates healing through music at Festival of Ideas 2013


See how MMW Director Prof Sarah Wilson and other MMW members joined leaders in cultural conservation, music psychology and art therapy to explain the many positive effects of art and music on mental health and community wellbeing. Watch the recording here.

MMW is maximising performance potential at ISPS2013


On 29 August, MMW Postdoc Dr Margaret Osborne presented at the 2013 International Symposium on Performance Science at The University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, on research funded by The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of VCA and MCM.  Using wait-list control methodology (a world first in this area) with adolescent school music students, Margaret’s research provides solid evidence that a group performance psychology program, implemented within a school environment, successfully reduces music performance anxiety and improves resilience to learn and perform music, manifested through significant increases in self-belief, planning, persistence, and control over successful outcomes, as well as reduced failure avoidance, self-sabotage and disengagement.

Music of the Brain documentary


The Age website promotes a documentary on "Music of the Brain" featuring interviews with Music Mind & Wellbeing Director - A Prof Sarah Wilson

Playing to the crowd: harnessing performance anxiety


Click here to read the December 2012 edition of the AMEB Victoria newsletter where MMW member Dr Margaret Osborne summarises key strategies to help young people cope with music performance anxiety.

Why not every tune strikes a chord


Click here to read a recent BBC article on revolutionary work being conducted by MMW executive member A/Prof Neil McLachlan on how our perceptions of what sounds "right" and "wrong" may be cultural, and arbitrary.