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.


To access the questionnaires, please use the drop-down menu at the top of the page, or the following links:

Questionnaire 1 - Before Improvising

Questionnaire 2 - After Improvising

Please note that all responses are collected anonymously.

If you would like to share your experiences about improvising in more detail and receive feedback from myself and other improvisers, please use the forum. There are already existing threads about emotions, and specific technical aspects of improvisation. Feel free to join a discussion or start a new thread as you prefer.