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Performance Psychology

Research

Dr. Christine Carter is actively involved in performance psychology research, focusing on how musicians can be more effective on stage and in the practice room. Her research has led to a variety of article publications and invitations to give workshops at institutions around the world. She currently holds a SSHRC Insight Development Grant with co-researchers Dr. Jessica Grahn (Brain and Mind Institute, Western University) and Dr. Jonathan De Souza (Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University) to investigate music practice strategies. She is a Visiting Scholar at Jessica Grahn’s Music and Neuroscience Lab.

Prior to this work in collaboration with her colleagues at Western, Christine conducted research at McGill’s Sequence Production Lab with Dr. Caroline Palmer and worked as a research assistant in Dr. Jody Culham’s Neuroimaging of Action and Perception Lab.

Dr. Christine Carter, Dr. Jessica Grahn, Dr. Jonathan De Souza
Christine, Jessica and Jonathan in St. John’s, NL
Your presentation was brilliant. So timely and necessary for the students and faculty. I was truly inspired to expand my thinking, practicing and teaching…I will definitely share as much as I can about your teaching with my students. I know they learned a lot from both presentations today.”

John Rudolph

Principal Percussion, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Christine Carter is available for workshops and talks.

Selected Articles on Practice Techniques

Christine Carter / The Strad

“Optimizing Music Learning: Exploring How Blocked and Interleaved Practice Schedules Affect Advanced Performance.”
Frontiers in Psychology | Performance Science
(August 2016) Cowritten by Dr. Jessica A. Grahn

“Ask the experts: How to make the best use of limited practice time.”
The Strad
(July 2014)

“Making the most of your hours in the practice room: One simple change that could drastically increase your productivity.”
The Bulletproof Musician Blog
(October 2013)

“Athletic Advantage.”
The Strad 123, no. 1472
(December 2012: 42-48)

Selected Performance Psychology Workshop Appearances

McGill University, Schulich School of Music, Montréal, QC

The Juilliard School Precollege, New York, NY

New York University, Department of Music, New York, NY

National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Piano Symposium, PlayPianoNL, St. John’s, NL

Western University, Faculty of Music, London, ON

Acadia University, School of Music, Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University, Fountain School of Performing Arts, Halifax, NS

Suzuki Association of the Capital District, Albany, NY

MUN Song Academy, St. John’s, NL

Lift Clarinet Academy, Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University, Department of Music, Fort Collins, CO

University of Calgary, School of Creative and Performing Arts, Calgary, AB

Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY

The University of Kentucky, School of Music, Lexington, KY

The Gould Academy, Bethel, ME

The Juilliard School, Performance Enhancement Class, New York, NY

Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

Amateur Chamber Musicians Festival at MSM, New York, NY

Music Teachers National Association and College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

Mount Allison University, Music Department, Sackville, NB

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