Lecturer at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music
An encounter with Morgane Bertacco, lecturer at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music and studying for her doctorate in psychology – Research and intervention, clinical neuropsychology option in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
- Could you talk to us about your area of research?
I’m studying the health of music students and professional musicians. More precisely, I’m interested in the different means of prevention and of promoting health and well-being, both physical and psychological, in order to help musicians express their full potential.
- What prompted you to focus on this area of research?
I’m a clinician before being a doctoral student in psychology. That dual role allows me to observe problems on the ground, in teaching as well as in clinical practice, and to draw inspiration from them for research. To my mind, research must above all be practical and applicable to the music environment.
- What distinguishes your way of teaching?
JI created the course Mental preparation for musical performance so that students could experiment with tools like mindfulness or visualization. That approach makes it possible to develop cognitive abilities like attention and memorization, while at the same time resting the muscles. So each theme presented applies to a theoretical and a practical component.