Online lecture by Molly Gebrian on the Neuroscience of Practicing

The DVS has the pleasure to invite you to an online lecture:

“What Musicians can Learn about Practicing from Current Brain Research”

Lecturer:  Dr. Molly Gebrian
Date:  Sunday, January 15th, 2023
Time: 20:00h (Central European Time)
Place: Online (Zoom;
registered participants will receive a link)
Language:  English
Costs: Voluntary financial donation
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This presentation will focus on what neuroscientists have discovered about how our brains learn and how to apply these insights to practicing and teaching so that practicing becomes more efficient and effective, leading to enhanced performance ability, enjoyment, and confidence. Topics include: how to get rid of bad habits, how to make things automatic/reliable, the role of sleep in learning, the power of mental practicing, how to use the metronome to greatest effect, and the benefits of random practice for enhanced performance.

Dr. Molly Gebrian is a professional violist and scholar with a background in cognitive neuroscience. Her area of expertise is applying the research on learning and memory to practicing and performing music. She also investigates the intersections between music and language. As a performer, she prioritizes the works of living composers and those who have traditionally been excluded from the culture of classical music. She holds degrees in both music and neuroscience from Oberlin College and Conservatory, New England Conservatory of Music, and Rice University. Currently, she is the viola professor at the University of Arizona.

Viola Society members may recall her lecture with a similar scope, given at the 48th International Viola Congress in Rotterdam, 2018. Molly also serves on the board of the American Viola Society, and she was a co-host for the successful 47th International Viola Congress in Columbus, Georgia last year.

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