Dr Margaret Osborne is a Lecturer in Music (Performance Science) in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and Teaching Specialist in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Melbourne. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Sydney in which she investigated the phenomenology and treatment of music performance anxiety in adolescents.
Margaret is also a registered psychologist and occupational rehabilitation counsellor, and past-President of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.
Margaret’s work specialises in performance science and psychology. As a result of her research and professional practice, Margaret is passionate about assisting people to manage anxiety, build confidence, enhance performance, and develop emotional resilience. She works with Professor Gary McPherson and colleagues at the University of New South Wales, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Royal College of Music on an ARC Discovery Project which examines motivation and practice quality in musicians who are undertaking advanced training in music performance. In addition, she conducts her own research and teaching in psychological strategies to manage performance anxiety and enhance performance potential in musicians and athletes. In 2016 she helped establish IgniteLab, a careers and entrepreneurship initiative which supports Melbourne Conservatorium of Music students to build 21st century careers.
Key research questions:
- How can performance psychology support the optimal training and execution of performance skills?
- How can we improve the health and well-being of musicians?
- How can we integrate theoretical and therapeutic research in the cognitive, behavioural and neuroscientific domains to formulate best-practice methods to reduce debilitating anxiety and maximise performance potential?
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Evaluating practice strategies, behavior and learning progress in elite performers: An exp..
Enabling performance careers: Training for excellence in the context of arts entrepreneurs..
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Performance psychology skills for musicians in performance training: elucidating key mechanisms for success
Conference Proceedings | 2014 | Performing Under Pressure: Internationales und interdisziplinares Symposium: 46. Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemainschaft fur Sportspsychologie & Art in Motion 2014 vom 29.-31. Mai 2014 Munchen
Development and validation of a music performance anxiety inventory for gifted adolescent musicians.
Margaret S Osborne, Dianna T Kenny
Journal article | 2005 | Journal of Anxiety Disorders
Music performance anxiety (MPA) is a distressing experience for musicians of all ages, yet the empirical investigation of MPA in a..
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Lecturer In Music (Performance Science)
Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music
Lecturer In Psychology
Melbourne School Of Psychological Sciences
Career Industry Council of Australia
Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors
Australian Psychological Society
Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy
Graduate Certificate in University Teaching
University of Melbourne
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PSYCHOLOGY)
University of Sydney
BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGY (HONOURS)