Anxiety and the college musician: A study of performance conditions and subject variables

Donald L Hamann, Martha Sobaje

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine response to anxiety in musical performance in relation to anxiety theory statements concerning A-Trait and/or A-State arousal and the Drive or motivational properties of anxiety. Performances of 60 subjects were recorded under a reduced and an enhanced anxiety situation and were evaluated for musical quality by five adjudicators. From research results it was found that anxiety had positive effects on subjects' performances due to the Drive properties of anxiety. Further, musicians tend to respond to anxiety in relation to anxiety theory hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-50
Number of pages14
JournalPsychology of Music
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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