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The Psychology of Music Performance Anxiety

Dianna Kenny


Why are some performers exhilarated and energized about performing in public, while others feel a crushing sense of fear and dread, and experience public performance as an overwhelming challenge that must be endured? What are the factors that produce such vastly different performance experiences? Why have consummate artists like Frederic Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Pablo Cassals, Tatiana Troyanos, and Barbra Streisand experienced such intense music performance anxiety? This is a disorder that can affect musicians across a range of genres and of all standards. Some of the ‘cures’ musicians res ... More

Keywords: music performance anxiety, performance theory, treatments, anxiety disorders, musicians, psychoanalysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199586141
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dianna Kenny, author
Professor of Psychology and Music, Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney, Australia