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The Child as MusicianA handbook of musical development$
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Gary E. McPherson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.001.0001

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Building performance confidence

Building performance confidence

(p.422) Chapter 23 Building performance confidence
The Child as Musician

Margaret S. Osborne

Oxford University Press

Young developing musicians are often exposed to a variety of performance experiences, from early informal experiences performing in front of family members, to performing with their school ensemble, to formal examinations from external examination bodies. For each student, these types of opportunities can trigger a range of emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and somatic responses that may or may not benefit their overall musical development. Among the most debilitating, but also potentially exhilarating, are the emotions experienced when performing music for others. This chapter explores the context of child and adolescent music performance anxiety, outlining contributing factors, evidence-based assessments, and interventions. It includes a number of psychological strategies for managing anxiety and building positive emotions toward performing, which can be integrated into educational practice to build confidence whilst supporting the achievement of musical excellence.

Keywords:   music performance anxiety, interventions, managing anxiety, positive emotions, musical excellence

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