Sara Ascenso

Role

Learning Support Advisor

Contact details

Address:

Faculty of Music, Room 207
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
London SE10 9JF
UK

Email: [email protected]

Phone One: 020 8305 9445

Biography

Sara Ascenso graduated in piano performance from the National Superior Orchestra Academy of the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, studying with Alexei Eremine and Anna Tomasik. She holds a degree in clinical psychology from the University of Lisbon and an MSc in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music, where she is currently a Doctoral student supported by a Barry Shaw Award. Her PhD research focuses on the psychological wellbeing of professional musicians and music students. Sara has maintained regular professional activity as a collaborative pianist, piano teacher and worked as a psychologist both in clinical settings and within diverse educational projects, with a strong focus on learning disabilities. Side-by-side with her PhD research, Sara has been involved with other research projects looking into music for mental health (as a Research Associate at the Centre for Performance Science), the psychology of transition to becoming a music professional (with the Negaunee Music Institute - Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and the impact for orchestral musicians of engaging in community music (with London Music Masters). Sara received a Finzi Trust Award in 2015 with which she also developed research into music in prisons. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at King’s College London and also collaborates with teaching at the Royal College of Music across several modules run by the Centre for Performance Science. As a Learning Support Advisor at Trinity Laban, Sara designs and implements both one-to-one and group tailored interventions aimed at optimizing musicians’ learning.

Creative Outputs

View Sara's publications on ResearchGate.

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