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Musicians has revealed to be more creative in everyday activities away from their instruments

Professor John Rink led the research, carrying out studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal College of Music, has revealed that musicians may be most creative when not actually playing an instrument. The location of a performer’s musical inspiration could be far more mundane than was previously realised: singing in the shower, or humming to yourself, are both thought to be everyday activities which can significantly alter interpretations of music. Particularly interesting was a film made of a horn player practising alone. 34 creative episodes were experienced during practise, and 23 of these occurred while the musician was not playing his instrument, and was instead engaged in other activities to do with the music such as humming, tapping and conducting himself. The research was carried out by the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice, which is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, King’s College, London and Royal Holloway.