for classical musicians


At a basic level we continuously register emotions, so preparing to improvise is no exception! Investigating this aspect of improvisation is an important part of my thesis, which aims to make improvisation a more accessible and friendly experience. Through specifically-designed questionnaires, adapted from the Achievement Emotions Questionnaire (AEQ, Pekrun et al. 2005) I hope to identify the type of emotional responses we feel before and after improvising, and to what degree of intensity these emotions are felt. 

It is also my hope that students who complete the questionnaires before and after improvising may also learn to recognise and question their own emotional responses as they continue improvising.