December 3, 2021: “Warm up and Practice Planning: Evidence from Science”

Presenter: Dr. Serap Bastepe-Gray
December 3, 2021, noon Eastern Time

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There is an undeniable athletic component to music making on an instrument, yet, studies show that musicians are not on a level playing field with athletes in terms of efficient training towards achieving peak-performance state when it counts: during a concert or a series of concerts. This webinar will introduce evidence based training concepts that can be applied to musicians’ work to promote efficient and healthy practice habits. Content will include principles of practice, goal setting, work/rest ratio management, and concepts of periodization and peaking with applications to daily, weekly, monthly and annual cycles of practice for optimum skill development and body adaptation.


Dr. Serap Bastepe-Gray, a performer, lecturer, consultant, and pedagogue, holds a medical doctor degree from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey; a Master of Music in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University; and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Towson University. She performs as a soloist and in duo with renowned classical guitarist Julian Gray. She directs the Conservatory guitar ensemble program and has enlarged the guitar ensemble repertoire through her arrangements and compositions. Bastepe-Gray is on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory with a joint appointment at the School of Medicine Neurology Department. She serves as part of the Performing Arts Rehabilitation team at the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network Clinic for Performing Artists at Peabody.  Bastepe-Gray is the course developer and instructor of Playing Well, Peabody’s groundbreaking online curriculum offering practical, scientifically grounded approaches for musicians to avoid injury and maintain health. She has collaborated with Peabody faculty in projects using interactive media targeting early instrumental pedagogy. Her research articles have appeared in various journals including Soundboard, Journal of Emergency Nursing, Journal of Hand Therapy, Arts Biomechanics and Chemical Neuroanatomy. She is the co-founder of Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine: https://peabody.jhu.edu/faculty/serap-bastepe-gray/

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