Virtual Reality helps musicians cope with performance stress (Video)


“To understand how to help aspiring soloists at the Royal College of Music develop the necessary resilience required, professor of performance science Aaron Williamon sought ideas from a field where the stakes are about as high as they can get. “Today, trainee surgeons often learn their trade in a virtual operating theatre,” he says.

“They work on mannequins with realistic-looking wounds, with just the right auditory and visual cues at the right times, to draw the surgeon into the same physical and psychological mode as in an actual operation.”

Inspired by this, he created the world’s first virtual concert hall, complete with backstage area, backstage manager and green room”.

By David Cox at The Guardian

Photo by Royal College of Music

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