Search for Measurable Markers of Music Performance Freedom in the A.D. Lapkin Cello School

Ovchinnikov, Stanislav Alexandrovich
Assistant Professor, the Novosibirsk State Conservatory named after M.I. Glinka, Soloist of the Philharmonic Quartet of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Concertmaster of the Cello Group of the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, Head of the Cellissimo Cello Ensemble, Laureate of the Novosibirsk Region’s Prize, the Golden Key Award, & International Competitions, Novosibirsk, Russia

The musician-performer as a conductor of the ideas of the composer’s genius becomes an instrument of inspiration himself, so that it is as if “music plays a musician.” In order to train musicians to perform music in a “Flow-state” / using “optimal functioning” that gives a freedom of movement and a concentration at the same time, the Lapkin cello school searches for neurobiological markers of freedom of performance. When using neurofeedback—biofeedback technology, the student is given the opportunity to receive feedback signals from the measured key indicators of successful performance. During the performance of music, with simultaneous registration of EEG and EMG (muscle state), “successful” periods are observed when an increase in the power of the alpha rhythm is accompanied by a simultaneous decrease in the integral power of the EMG.
This outcome is a perspective for using by musical performers.

Keywords: Alexander Lapkin, cellist, teacher, cello school, inductive method, neurofeedback–biofeedback, Flow-state
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