ERIC Number: ED439323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Music Performance Anxiety: An Overview of Technological Advances in Therapy, Psychopharmacology & Bio-Feedback.
Incidence of anxiety among musicians has been investigated mostly among classical players and music students. This paper determines that any intervention requires a comprehensive understanding of the primary problem. The presentation of music performance anxiety varies from individual to individual with many possible sources of origin as well as focus. It states that many performers, especially students, are anxious because they are not adequately prepared by the time of the performance. Counselors can help performers examine whether they are mislabeling preparation anxiety with performance anxiety. One intervention known to help is talking through the decision-making process of becoming and sustaining a musician. Many anxious performers engage in a wide range of negative thought or self talk patterns. Various forms of biofeedback have been utilized in the treatment of anxiety. The cognitive-behavioral approaches reportedly are more effective in the long run than using medication. The paper concludes that from a practical standpoint there is merit in attacking the symptoms first, often with medication, and then tying together the pedagogical assistance and psychological approaches. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Caring in an Age of Technology. Proceedings of the International Conference on Counseling in the 21st Century (6th, Beijing, China, May 29-30, 1997); see CG 029 879.