Making Music

The physical and mental demands of practising and performing

This strand of Musical Impact studies the physical and mental demands of music making and training using cutting edge physiological monitoring equipment.

The research places rehearsal and performance under investigation, documenting their physical and mental demands and the characteristics of musicians who successfully meet those demands. Physiological and biomechanical assessments will be made during  practice and performance, including the recording and analysis of muscle activity and the monitoring of energy expenditure.

Making Music began in September 2014 and will run until the end of August 2017.

Current projects

The Making Music team is currently working on the projects listed below. Please click on the links to find out more.

Ergonomics of brass playing
Demands of violin playing
Energy expenditure
Breath management strategies
Musician awareness

Take part

This project is now recruiting. For more information on the opportunities available please see the current project pages.

Making Music team

Emma Redding (principal investigator)
Isabel Artigues
Terry Clark 
Gemma Harman
Patricia Holmes 
Janet Munro
Kevin Price
Christina Siomos
Alan Watson

Project Contact


Conservatoires UK