Patricia Holmes

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Role

Professorial Staff: Academic Studies

Area of work

Component Leader for Applied Psychology of Performance, Instrumental and Vocal Teaching, RDP supervision

Contact details

Address:

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Faculty of Music, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JF

Email: [email protected]

Phone One: +44 (0)20 8305 4387

Biography

As a pianist, Patricia Holmes has given many recital and concerto performances both at home and abroad, but now specialises in chamber music and piano accompaniment of all periods. She has wide experience as a concert performer, having worked with many distinguished artists and is increasingly in demand for workshops and master classes. In this capacity, she has recently visited Malta, Cyprus and the Far East. As a member of the professorial staff of Trinity Laban, Patricia is responsible for MMus modules in Applied Psychology of Performance and Instrumental and Vocal Teaching. Her complimentary role as an examiner for Trinity College London reflects her broad knowledge of the music profession and educational systems worldwide. Research interests in Performance Psychology are wide-ranging, including the role of imagery in learning/memorisation and the effects of timbre as a means of musical communication. Current work with both sport and dance psychologists, and also colleagues in the social sciences is providing a fruitful base for cross discipline collaboration.

Qualifications / Educational Background

  • PhD
  • MA
  • FTCL
  • GTCL
  • LRAM
  • FHEA

Creative Outputs

Publications:

  • Macnamara, A., Collins, D. and Holmes, P. 2014 ‘Talent needs trauma’, in G. McPherson, (ed.) Child Prodigies in Music, OUP.
  • Gruzelier, J.H., Holmes, P., Hirst, L., Bulpin, K., Rahman, S., Leach, J. 2014 ‘Replication of elite music performance enhancement following alpha/theta neurofeedback and application to novice performance and improvisation with SMR benefits’, Biological Psychology, 95, 96-107. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.11.001. Epub 2013 Nov 11.
  • Holmes, P & Holmes C. 2013 The Performer’s Experience: a case for using qualitative research methods in music performance research’ Musicaes Scientiae  17(1), 72-85. doi: 10.1177/1029864912467633.
  • Clark, T., Holmes, P., Feeley, G., & Redding, E. 2013 ‘Pointing to performance ability: Examining hypermobility and proprioception in musicians’, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2013 (pp. 605-610). Utrecht, The Netherlands: European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).
  • Holmes, P. 2012 'Timbre in expressive musical performance: the performer's perspective', Psychology of Music ,40(2), 301-323. doi: 10.1177/0305735610388898
  • Macnamara, A., Holmes, P. and Collins D. 2008 'Negotiating Transitions in Musical  Development: The Role of Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence'.  Psychology of Music, 36(3), 335-352.
  • Earis, A. and Holmes, P. 2007 ‘The role of timbre in expressive musical performance: a case study of Bach’s Prelude BWV 998 played on the acoustic    guitar’.   Published in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science, Porto, Portugal, November 22-23. 
  • Macnamara, A., Holmes, P. and Collins D. 2006 'The Pathway to Excellence: The Role Of Psychological Characteristics In Negotiating The Challenges Of Musical Development,' British Journal of Music Education, 23(3), 285-302.
  • Holmes, P. 2006 'Imagination in practice: a study of the integrated roles of interpretation, imagery and technique in the learning and memorisation processes of two experienced solo performers. British Journal of Music Education, 22(3), 217-235.
  • Holmes, P. 2004 'Emotion, Imagination and Movement: new strategies to help memorisation' EPTA Piano Professional;
  • Holmes, P. 2005 'Imagination in practice: a study of the integrated roles of interpretation, imagery and technique in the learning and memorisation processes of two experienced solo performers. British Journal of Music Education;
  • Macnamara, A., Holmes, P. and Collins D. 2006 'The Pathway to Excellence: The Role Of Psychological Characteristics In Negotiating The Challenges Of Musical Development,' British Journal of Music Education;
  • Macnamara, A., Holmes, P. and Collins D. 2008 'Negotiating Transitions in Musical Development: The Role of Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence'. Psychology of Music.
  • Earis, A. and Holmes, P. (2007) 'The role of timbre in expressive musical performance: a case study of Bach's Prelude BWV 998 played on the acoustic guitar'. Published in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science, Porto, Portugal;
  • Holmes, P. (2012)  'Timbre in expressive musical performance: the performer's perspective', Psychology of Music.
  • Holmes, P. & Holmes, C. 'The performer's experience: a case for using qualitative (phenomenological) methodologies in music performance research. Musicae Scientiae (accepted)

External appointments

Patricia is also a Senior Examiner for Trinity College London. She has travelled widely as an examiner and has been an advisory consultant and moderator for their recent piano syllabuses.

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