Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Anne-Marie Czajkowski

Graduate Research Student

MMus, ARCM(PG), BA(Hons)

Anne-Marie Czajkowski is a PhD student studying the effects of Mindfulness on Musicians in a variety of contexts.


Anne-Marie studied postgraduate voice at the Royal College of Music after gaining her BA(Hons) at Reading University where she subsequently taught singing for 8 years.

She also regularly performed for 10 years and has worked in the past on an adhoc basis for WNO and sung at ENO. She has performed on ITV, Channel 4 and local radio. An operatic soprano, she has a large range of experience singing opera, oratorio and lieder and even headed her own jazz quintet (the Annie Nelson Quintet)!

Anne-Marie loves teaching singing and enjoys introducing new students to the joys of making music as well as working to the highest standards preparing students for ABRSM Diploma. She has taught at a wide range of levels, recently teaching BTEC Performing Arts and now has a lively private practice.

She is also a mindfulness practitioner, having been meditating since 2008 and a researcher into the effects of mindfulness on singers since 2011. Her Master’s was fully dedicated to this research as is her PhD.

Her article entitled “Mindfulness for Singers: The effects of a targeted mindfulness course on learning vocal technique” co-authored with Dr Alinka Greasley is now available at the British Journal of Music Education. DOI 10.1017/S0265051715000145


Research Interests

The effects of Mindfulness in Music Education.




Research Projects & Grants

PhD Projects

Current projects include a 2-year collaboration research project between the University of Leeds and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying the effects of a mindfulness course on music students (commenced)

A second project will re-run the Mindfulness for Singers course over 2 years at the University of Leeds as a replication study with added longitudinal and control elements (starting January 2016)

The final project is yet to be finalised.

Funding for this PhD is provided by the University of Leeds 110 Anniversary Research Scholarship.


Poster Presentation at SEMPRE, Glasgow, October 2015.

“A marriage made in heaven? The effects of a targeted mindfulness course on learning singing technique”

SEMPRE Funding Award winner.

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Dr Alinka Greasley

Dr Michael Allis



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