Experiencing music performance anxiety: how do expectancies, reflections and emotions impact music performance anxiety in collaborative settings?

Gaby Gunders

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Abstract

Music Performance Anxiety (MPA) is the state of anxiety and apprehension related to performing and negative impacts it has on the physical and psychological wellbeing of musicians. This mixed methods research investigated how MPA, expectancies, emotional traits and states, and reflection influenced 18 musicians as they prepared, rehearsed, performed, and reflected on a collaborative performance over a three-week trajectory. Results revealed strong relationships between MPA, expectancies, and emotional traits and states at every stage of the process. Themes of collaborative music making, polarity of experience between participants, practice efficacy, perfectionism, anxiety sensitivity, and the reframing potential of MPA were significant.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Wijsman, Suzanne, Supervisor
  • Harvey, Alan, Supervisor
  • Rudaizky, Daniel, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date16 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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