A multitude of studies exists concerning performance anxiety, yet the number specifically focused upon singers is lacking in the literature. This study, intended as a reference guide for singers and singing instructors, discusses the symptoms, possible causes, and currently accepted coping strategies for music performance anxiety (MPA). An analysis of the published scholarship and correspondence from singers and professionals are included, as well as an appendix listing self-help sources and an extensive bibliography for further research. The study serves as an aid to singers and singing instructors seeking concise information on the topic. Specific steps within each coping method are not included, as the effectiveness of these can be unique to each individual. A survey of the most recent research suggests that more studies focused on singers are needed, as the voice is unlike any other instrument due to the fact that it resides within the body, and thus the efficacy of various treatments may be different for singers.
|School:||West Virginia University|
|School Location:||United States -- West Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Music, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Coping, MPA, Music performing anxiety, Performance anxiety, Singers, Stage fright|
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