Dr 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. She is also an honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London. Her current research focuses on expert memory, performance education, and communication in rehearsal. Tania is currently a commissioner to the International Society for Music Education’s Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician.
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. Since 2003, Tania has also 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.
Lisboa T, Demos AP, & Chaffin R (2018), Training thought and action for virtuoso performance, Musicae Scientiae [DOI].
Cervino A, Laws C, Lettberg M, & Lisboa T (eds.) (2011), The Practice of Practising, University Press Leuven [ISBN 9789058678485].
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 (2008), Action and thought in cello playing: an investigation of children’s practice and performance, International Journal of Music Education, 26, 243-267 [DOI].
Faculties / departments: Research
Jónasson, P. and Lisboa, T. (2019) Professional musicians as researchers: leading changes through a study on memorisation. In: Leadership of Pedagogy and Curriculum in Higher Music Education. ISME Global Perspectives in Music Education (2). Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780367077327
Lisboa, T. and Demos, A. P. and Chaffin, R. (2018) Training thought and action for virtuoso performance. Musicae Scientiae, 22 (4). pp. 519-538. ISSN 1029-8649 (print) 2045-4147 (online)
Demos, A. P. and Lisboa, T. and Begosh, K. T. and Logan, T. and Chaffin, R. (2018) A longitudinal study of the development of expressive timing. Psychology of Music, 48 (1). pp. 50-66. ISSN 0305-7356 (print) 1741-3087 (online)
Demos, A. P. and Lisboa, T. and Chaffin, R. (2016) Flexibility of expressive timing in repeated musical performances. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (1490). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1664-1078
Lisboa, T. and Demos, A. P. and Chaffin, R. (2015) Spontaneity in performance: effects of thinking on expressive variation in tempo. In: International Symposium on Performance Science, 205 September, 2015, Kyoto, Japan. (Submitted)
Lisboa, T. and Chaffin, R. and Demos, A. P. (2015) Recording thoughts while memorizing music: a case study. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078
Clark, T. and Lisboa, T. and Williamon, A. (2014) Learning to be an instrumental musician. In: Advanced Musical Performance: Investigations in Higher Education Learning. SEMPRE Studies in the Psychology of Music . Ashgate, London, pp. 287-300. ISBN 9781409436898
Clark, T. and Lisboa, T. and Williamon, A. (2014) An investigation into musicians' thoughts and perceptions during performance. Research Studies in Music Education, 36 (1). pp. 19-37. ISSN 1321-103X (print) 1834-5530 (online)
Clark, T. and Lisboa, T. (2013) Training for sustained performance: moving toward long-term musician development. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 28. pp. 159-168. ISSN 0885-1158
Lisboa, T. and Chaffin, R. and Demos, A. P. (2013) Recording thoughts as an aid to memorization: a case study. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2013, 23-31 August 2013, Austria.
Lisboa, T. and Chaffin, R. and Demos, A. P. and Gerling, C. (2013) Flexibility in the use of shared and individual performance cues in duo performance. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2013, 23-31 August 2013, Austria.
Lisboa, T. and Chaffin, R. and Logan, T. (2011) A self-study of practice: words versus action in music problem solving. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2011, 24-27 August 2011, Canada.
Lisboa, T. and Chaffin, R. and Logan, T. (2009) How memory fades: very-long-term recall of Bach. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2009, 15-18 December 2009, New Zealand.
Lisboa, T. and Gualda, F. (2009) Left-hand expression in cello playing: exploring approaches to shifting. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2009, 15-18 December 2009, New Zealand.
Lisboa, T. and Chaffin, R. and Logan, T. and Begosh, K. T. (2007) Variability and automaticity in highly practiced cello performance. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2007, 22-23 November 2007, Portugal.
Clark, T. and Williamon, A. and Lisboa, T. (2007) The phenomenology of performance: exploring musicians' perceptions and experiences. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2007, 22-23 November 2007, Portugal.
Williamon, A. and Thompson, S. and Lisboa, T. and Wiffen, C. (2006) Creativity, originality, and value in music performance. In: Musical Creativity: Multidisciplinary Research in Theory and Practice. Psychology Press, London, pp. 161-180. ISBN 978-1841695082