School of Music
Music: Piano Performance
Music Performance Anxiety
Lockhart, Abigail, "The Anxious Musician: Coping Strategies Used to Combat Music Performance Anxiety" (2019). Senior Honors Theses. 894.
Music Performance Anxiety, or MPA, affects over 20% of musicians, regardless of age, experience, or nationality. MPA is a form of social anxiety that causes the performer great distress before and during a performance experience, often causing the performance to have a less favorable outcome. As this is such a common occurrence in the field of music, it is important for teachers and students alike to understand the basis of anxiety as well as how to deal with its effects. Unfortunately, there is no simple solution to conquer anxiety, but through the implementation of various coping strategies, musicians can have greater success and more enjoyable performance experiences.