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ERIC Number: EJ844683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4294
An Investigation into the Choral Singer's Experience of Music Performance Anxiety
Ryan, Charlene; Andrews, Nicholle
Journal of Research in Music Education, v57 n2 p108-126 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the performance experiences of choral singers with respect to music performance anxiety. Members of seven semiprofessional choirs (N = 201) completed questionnaires pertaining to their experience of performance anxiety in the context of their performance history, their experience with conductors, and their use of coping mechanisms. Results indicated that performance anxiety was a common experience for these choral singers. Solo performances were reported to be more anxiety inducing than ensemble experiences, but performing in instrumental ensembles induced greater anxiety than choral ensembles. Participants with college music training reported less frequent, although not less severe, episodes of performance anxiety than those without. The conductor emerged as one of the primary factors in choral singers' experience of performance anxiety. (Contains 6 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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