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ERIC Number: EJ1115420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1036-6318
Playing with Performance: The Use and Abuse of Beta-Blockers in the Performing Arts
Patston, Tim; Loughlan, Terence
Victorian Journal of Music Education, n1 p3-10 2014
This article discusses the use of beta-blockers by performing artists, the reasons why they are taken, and the potential associated risks. We argue that there are high levels of usage within sectors of the professional performing arts community and that there may be high levels of risk in using these medications, particularly without medical supervision. Previous studies have mentioned potential risks, but this article will be the first to analyse the potential negative impact of side effects from these medications upon specific aspects of instrumental playing.
Australian Society for Music Education (Victorian Chapter). PO Box 16, East Melbourne Victoria 8002; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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