Individual Differences and Music Performance
The handbook, written by eighty researchers from thirteen countries, summarises the latest scientific achievements and the most important theories to date to help the work of musicians, teachers, and researchers. The authors of the two-volume publication cover eight major topics divided into 53 chapters, on as many as 1,400 pages, such as performance psychology, the mental and physical health of musicians, as well as talent development.
The chapter on Personality and Individual Differences written by Emese Hruska and her former colleague, Arielle Bonneville-Roussy, a music psychologist from Canada, is found in the first volume, in the part dedicated to psychology. In their work, the co-authors offer practical advice for music teachers, parents, and students on how to deal with personality, what to do with perfectionism and anxiety. They also address the differences from childhood to the professional level, the distinctions between the sexes, and the choices made among musical genres and instruments. The English abstract of the study is available here.
The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance will be published in April 2022, but it can be already pre-ordered on the publisher’s website.