Dr Michael Bonshor


Dr Michael Bonshor is a Music Psychologist, specialising in musical wellbeing and positive psychology. For his MA, his research explored strategies for the management of performance anxiety amongst amateur singers, and his PhD focused on confidence building for participants in group singing. Since completing his thesis, Michael has contributed to research projects on community music-making, the health benefits of singing in choirs, and the wellbeing effects of participating in brass band playing. He currently teaches on the MA Music Psychology course at the University of Sheffield, and facilitates Continuing Professional Development events using singing-related skills and performance psychology to enhance holistic wellbeing.

Michael has a background as a professional opera singer with international contracts, and is a long-established singing teacher, conductor and workshop leader. He has facilitated a wide range of professional, amateur and community projects, and conducted choral societies, chamber choirs, open-access community choirs, musical theatre companies, male voice choirs, women’s close harmony ensembles and community orchestras. Michael’s professional work as a musician continues alongside his University teaching and research activities. His book, ‘The Confident Choir: A Guide for Leaders of Group Singing’ has been published by Rowman & Littlefield: https://rowman.com/isbn/9781538102787/the-confident-choir-a-handbook-for-leaders-of-group-singing