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About the authors

Gregory Daubney (CPsychol, MSc)

Gregory Daubney is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society. Greg has worked extensively across performance psychology domains since 2008. He has developed a thorough understanding of the psychological impact of performance on individuals and groups, with a particular interest and specialism in sport and other performance settings.

Greg’s work is informed by wide-ranging evidence and his workshops over several years have enabled him to successfully translate complex theoretical ideas into applied, practical strategies that performers at all levels can develop to achieve optimal performance.

​Dr Alison Daubney (PhD)

Dr Alison Daubney (PhD) works across music education in formal and non-formal settings. She is a qualified teacher and mentor, and has extensive experience working across all age phases from pre-school to postgraduate.

She works part-time as a freelance researcher, curriculum developer and trainer, complementing her work as a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Sussex. Ally has worked with the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) on many aspects of music education since 2008.

Together, Ally and Greg have written Performance Anxiety: A practical guide for music teachers and run workshops for music teachers and musicians around the UK based upon this resource. The material in this toolkit is based upon their book Play: The psychology of optimal music performance, published early in 2018.

They have also undertaken research considering the health and wellbeing of young musicians in and out of school, including those in a diverse range of challenging circumstances and in mental health settings.