Sara Ascenso


Learning Support Advisor

Contact details


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

Email: [email protected]

Phone One: 020 8305 9445


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. Sara is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Creative Outputs

View Sara's publications on ResearchGate.

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