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Quantifying the physical demands of a musical performance and their effects on performance quality

Drinkwater, Eric J. and Klopper, Christopher J. 2010, Quantifying the physical demands of a musical performance and their effects on performance quality, Medical problems of performing artists, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 66-71.

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Title Quantifying the physical demands of a musical performance and their effects on performance quality
Author(s) Drinkwater, Eric J.
Klopper, Christopher J.
Journal name Medical problems of performing artists
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 66
End page 71
Total pages 6
Publisher Science & Medicine
Place of publication Narbeth, Pa.
Publication date 2010-06
ISSN 0885-1158
1938-2766
Summary This study investigated the effects of fatigue on performance quality induced by a prolonged musical performance. Ten participants prepared 10 min of repertoire for their chosen wind instrument that they played three times consecutively. Prior to the performance and within short breaks between performances, researchers collected heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, blood lactate concentration, rating of perceived exertion (RPE), and rating of anxiety. All performances were audio recorded and later analysed for performance errors. Reliability in assessing performance errors was assessed by typical error of measure (TEM) of 15 repeat performances. Results indicate all markers of physical stress significantly increased by a moderate to large amount (4.6 to 62.2%; d = 0.50 to 1.54) once the performance began, while heart rate, respirations, and RPE continued to rise by a small to large amount (4.9 to 23.5%; d = 0.28 to 0.93) with each performance. Observed changes in performance between performances were well in excess of the TEM of 7.4%. There was a significant small (21%, d = 0.43) decrease in errors after the first performance; after the second performance, there was a significant large increase (70.4%, d = 1.14). The initial increase in physiological stress with corresponding decrease in errors after the first performance likely indicates "warming up," while the continued increase in markers of physical stress with dramatic decrement in performance quality likely indicates fatigue. Musicians may consider the relevance of physical fitness to maintaining performance quality over the duration of a performance.
Language eng
Field of Research 1103 Clinical Sciences
1904 Performing Arts And Creative Writing
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Science & Medicine
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083061

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