The Story of Practizma: High-Tech and Old-Fashioned Tools for Musicians
Susanna Klein, Associate Professor of Music
April 5, 2022, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Through years of research and experimentation in teaching, Susanna Klein has been led further afield from music and deeper into the field of psychology. She became interested in helping musicians craft positive practice habits, not in regards to the technical aspects of practice, but rather the psychological heavy lifting – creativity, resilience, optimism, discipline, and organization – that artists must engage in. In this lecture series event, Susanna Klein will share her journey of Practizma – the quest to help musicians turn musical practice into something insightful and delightful.
Susanna Klein is a tech entrepreneur, violin professor, practice researcher and author of the acclaimed Practizma Practice Journal. She serves as head of strings at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, where she geeks out by researching data-driven practice and the psychology of practice.
Susanna writes and presents nationally on empowered practice and technology in practice. Her research has been supported by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the VCU Presidential Quest Grant. She wants music to catch up with sports, both in terms of tools and culture, and dreams of developing wearable feedback mechanisms for musical practice. As a violinist, her resume includes appointments with the Memphis Symphony, Richmond Symphony and Colorado Orchestra. She still likes to practice, now more than ever.
Previous lectures in the series may be viewed here