Classical Musicians’ Motivation to Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The research is about the challenges that classically-trained musicians faced during the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and Latin America.


The study seeks to understand how musicians coped during the pandemic and how their professional and personal lives were impacted across this period. The focus is especially on performing musicians’ motivation to practice as the numbers of live concerts have drastically decreased during the last 15 months due to the pandemic.

The project includes a survey for data gathering and its results will be helpful to know if and how musicians’ practice routines changed across the stages of the pandemic, understanding that there are diverse factors affecting such motivation. With enough responses, the results from this research will be used to inform Higher Music Education pedagogy, curriculum development, and policy work in terms of preparedness of professional musicians for future crises, and better assess and support the motivation of aspiring professional students. These findings will be shared with the Sibelius Academy Community.

Contact information for the project

Project name

Classical Musicians’ Motivation to Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic




The research is carried out by Dr. Guadalupe López-Íñiguez (Sibelius Academy, Finland) in collaboration with Prof. Gary McPherson (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Australia).