An assessment of anxiety in instrumental and vocal performances

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Donald Lee Hamann (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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James W. Sherbon

Abstract: Musicians tend to agree that performing in public stimulates performer anxiety. How musicians respond to anxiety in musical performance can vary. Although musicians may agree that anxiety is present in public performance and that anxiety can help or hinder performance skills, thus affecting the quality of the performance, there is little empirical research in music to support either of these beliefs. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of anxiety in musical performance. Ninety music students, five graduates and 85 undergraduates, studying privately at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, served as subjects. There were 42 male and 48 female subjects. Criteria for subject selection were based on each subject's ability and willingness to perform and record a musical composition in two performance situations within a five-day span.

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Language: English
Date: 1980
Musicians $x Attitudes
Music $x Performance

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