Musicians’ profession-related health issues and their evolving transformative learning through biography

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    Abstract

    Within a study on ‘musicians as lifelong learners’, explorative biographical research was used. When analysing the learning biographies informed by grounded theory, the emergence of profession-related health issues was striking. More than half of the portrayed musicians suffered from both physical and psychological problems, the latter mostly consisting of performance anxiety (stage fright), which was often connected to low self-esteem.
    However creative coping strategies were also frequently found by the musicians, showing their extensive use of metacognitive skills. This paper addresses the coping strategies found and relates it to musicians’ transformative learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventESREA Life History and Biography Network Conference “Wisdom and knowledge in researching and learning lives: diversity, differences and commonalities” - Milano, Italy
    Duration: 12 Mar 200915 Mar 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceESREA Life History and Biography Network Conference “Wisdom and knowledge in researching and learning lives: diversity, differences and commonalities”
    Country/TerritoryItaly
    CityMilano
    Period12/03/0915/03/09

    Keywords

    • learning strategies
    • musicians
    • coping
    • stagefright

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