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Tania Lisboa Research Fellow in Performance Science

Tania Lisboa

Tania Lisboa joined the Royal College of Music in September 2001 as a Research Associate and was appointed Research Fellow in Performance Science in 2008. Following her MA in performance studies at City University London, her doctoral research at Sheffield University employed longitudinal studies with young cellists to investigate the relationship between musical understanding and a multi-modal approach to teaching and learning. Her current research focuses on the investigation of musical movement and practice strategies. 

Since 2003, Tania has managed the RCM's videoconferencing programme. Recent activities in this area include links with international conservatoires and universities in the USA, Europe and Asia. 

In parallel with her academic research, Tania pursues an active career as a solo cellist. A native of Brazil, where she also trained as a pianist, her concert engagements encompass Europe, Asia, and North and South America. In addition to the standard repertoire, she has recorded the complete works for cello and piano by C Guarnieri and by H Villa-Lobos for Meridian Records, the latter in three volumes

Email: tania.lisboa@rcm.ac.uk


Teaching

  • BMus 2 Psychology of Music
  • BMus 3 Applied Instrumental Teaching
  • MSc in Performance Science

Projects

Publications 

Forthcoming

Clark T, Lisboa T, & Williamon A (forthcoming), Learning to be an instrumental musician, in I Papageorgi & G Welch (eds), Advanced Musical Performance: Investigations in Higher Education Learning, Ashgate. 

2014

Clark T, Lisboa T, & Williamon A (2014), An investigation into musicians' thoughts and perceptions during performance, Research Studies in Music Education, 36, 19-37 [DOI]

2013

Clark T & Lisboa T (2013), Training for sustained performance: Moving toward long-term musician development, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 28, 159-168. 

2012

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, & Demos A (2012), Preparing memorised performance: The transition between childhood and expertise, in J. Weller (ed.), Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Seminar of the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician (pp. 74-79), International Society for Music Education. 

2011

Cervino A, Laws C, Lettberg M, & Lisboa T (eds.) (2011), The Practice of Practising, University Press Leuven [ISBN 9789058678485]

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, & Logan T (2011), A self-study of practice: Words versus action in music problem solving, in A Williamon, D Edwards, & L Bartel (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2011 (pp. 517-522), European Association of Conservatoires. 

2010

Chaffin R, Lisboa T, Logan T, & Begosh K (2010), Preparing for memorized cello performance: The role of performance cues, Psychology of Music, 38, 3-30 [DOI]

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, & Begosh K (2010), Learning and memorizing in music performance: The role of performance cues, in M. Hannan (ed.). Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seminar of the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician (pp. 73-76), International Society for Music Education. 

2009

Chaffin R & Lisboa T (2009), Practicing perfection: How concert soloists prepare for performance, Ictus9, 115-142. 

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, & Logan T (2009), How memory fades: Very-long-term recall of Bach, in A Williamon, S Pretty, & R Buck (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2009 (pp. 315-320), European Association of Conservatoires. 

Lisboa T & Gualda F (2009), Left-hand expression in cello playing: Exploring approaches to shifting, in A Williamon, S Pretty, & R Buck (eds.),Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2009 (pp. 423-428), European Association of Conservatoires. 

2008

Lisboa T (2008), Action and thought in cello playing: An investigation of children's practice and performance, International Journal of Music Education26, 243-267 [DOI]

Lisboa T (2008), Review of Mastering the Art of Performance by Stewart Gordon, Oxford University Press (2006), British Journal of Music Education25, 103-106 [DOI]

2007

Clark T, Williamon A, & Lisboa T (2007), The phenomenology of performance: Exploring musicians’ perceptions and experiences, in A Williamon & D Coimbra (eds.). Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2007 (pp. 35-40), European Association of Conservatoires. 

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, Logan T, & Begosh K (2007), Variability and automaticity in highly practiced cello performance, in A Williamon & D Coimbra (eds.). Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2007 (pp. 161-166), European Association of Conservatoires. 

2006

Williamon A, Thompson S, Lisboa T, & Wiffen C (2006), Creativity, originality, and value in music performance, in I Deliège & G Wiggins (eds.), Musical Creativity: Multidisciplinary Research in Theory and Practice (pp. 161-180), Psychology Press. 

2005

Lisboa T, Chaffin R, & Logan C (2005), An Inquiry into the dynamics of performance: Investigating conception and attention from practice to performance on the cello, in M Dottori, B Ilari, & R Coelho de Souza (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Cognition and Musical Arts (pp. 228-236), Editora do Deartes. 

Lisboa T, Williamon A, Woledge R, & Clarke E (2005), Mapping musical movement: The physical expression of musical individuality, in M Dottori, B Ilari, & R Coelho de Souza (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Cognition and Musical Arts (pp. 236-238), Editora do Deartes. 

Lisboa T, Williamon A, Zicari M, & Eiholzer H (2005), Mastery through imitation: A preliminary study, Musicae Scientiae, 9, 75-110 [DOI]

2003

Lisboa T (2003), An overview of Villa-Lobos' compositions for the violoncello, Música Hodie, 3, 44-51. 


Recordings 

Lisboa T & Capparelli C (pianist) (2008), The Brazilian Cello, Meridian Records. 

Lisboa T & Braga M (pianist) (1997, second edition released in 2005), Villa-Lobos - O Violoncello do Villa: Complete Works for 'Cello and Piano (Vol. 1), Meridian Records. 

Lisboa T, Braga M (pianist), & Zhang Y (violinist) (1998), Villa-Lobos - O Violoncello do Villa: Complete Works for Violin, 'Cello and Piano (Vol. 2), Meridian Records. 

Lisboa T, Braga M (pianist), & Milone R (violinist) (2003), Villa-Lobos - O Violoncello do Villa: Complete Works for Violin, 'Cello and Piano (Vol. 3), Meridian Records. 

Lisboa T & de La Pau Tortelier M (pianist) (1997), Fauré - Les Soirées Intimes: Complete Works for 'Cello and Piano, Meridian Records. 

Lisboa T & Askin C (violinist) (1996), Octachord: Virtuoso Duos for Violin and 'Cello, Meridian Records.


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