Welcome to this research survey!

Our study is about the challenges for classically-trained musicians across the last 18 months in Europe and Latin America, and how the lives of professional performing musicians have been changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We seek to understand how musicians coped during the pandemic and how their professional and personal lives were impacted across this period.

We particularly focus on performing musicians' motivation to practice as the numbers of concerts dramatically decreased due to cancellations. We want to know how your practice routines changed across the stages of the pandemic, understanding that there are diverse factors affecting such motivation.

Your participation matters to us and is extremely important to shape the future of classical musicians. For instance, we hope that the results from this research will inform Higher Music Education pedagogy, curriculum development, and policy work in terms of 1) preparedness of professional musicians for future crises, and 2) better assess and support the motivation of aspiring professional students. 

In the following pages, you will find a list of questions about your background as a classical musician. After this, there will be specific questions about your practice routines before and during the pandemic. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, and your responses are highly appreciated. Thus, we thank you for your valuable time and the important information and experiences you share with us.

Contact information

This research is based at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. The Principal Investigators are:

-Dr. Guadalupe López-Íñiguez (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland)

-Prof. Gary McPherson (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Australia)

Please, be in touch if you have questions regarding this research:


Privacy statement

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Ethical Review Committee at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. 

Participation in this study is voluntary. The information you provide will be treated confidentially and you will not be identified personally in any outputs from the study. 

By clicking “submit” at the end of this survey, you accept the privacy terms of this research and acknowledge that you have received sufficient information about the research study.