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”
CountryItaly
CityMilano
Period12/03/0915/03/09

Keywords

  • learning strategies
  • musicians
  • coping
  • stagefright

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