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The Science & Psychology of Music PerformanceCreative Strategies for Teaching and Learning$
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Richard Parncutt and Gary McPherson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138108.001.0001

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Performance Anxiety

Performance Anxiety

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(p.47) 4 Performance Anxiety
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The Science & Psychology of Music Performance
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Glenn D. Wilson

David Roland

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138108.003.0004

This chapter provides an overview of the incidence and nature of performance anxiety in music, an issue that is clearly of importance to every musician and music educator. It argues that the best approach for the treatment of debilitating performance anxiety is cognitive-behavior therapy, although drug therapy, clinical hypnosis, and the Alexander Technique also appear to be beneficial to some degree. A key implication of the review is that there are a number of positive strategies that can be employed by every performer, no matter how experienced or inexperienced he or she may be, in order to overcome the types of anxiety problems that all musicians face as they learn how to perform confidently.

Keywords:   musicians, anxiety problems, cognitive-behavior therapy, musical performance

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