Overcoming performance anxiety for piano students – How to apply research findings in your studio

Zhukov, Katie (2009). Overcoming performance anxiety for piano students – How to apply research findings in your studio. In: Proceedings of the 9th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference "Expanding Musical Thinking". Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, Sydney, Australia, (). 13-17 July 2009.

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Author Zhukov, Katie
Title of paper Overcoming performance anxiety for piano students – How to apply research findings in your studio
Conference name Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 13-17 July 2009
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 9th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference "Expanding Musical Thinking"
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australasian Piano Pedagogy Association
Publication Year 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780646554112
Total pages 10
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper provides a comprehensive overview of research literature on performance anxiety and offers strategies that might be employed to address the physical, behavioural and cognitive symptoms that accompany ‘stage fright’. The most popular approaches for treating the physical symptoms are relaxation techniques, in particular, deep breathing exercises and progressive relaxation. Other methods include biofeedback, Alexander Technique and the use of beta-blockers. The behavioural symptoms manifest themselves in inaccurate performance and could be targeted by developing counter-measures that can give students practical means for managing their anxiety. The cognitive symptoms consist of negative thoughts that could be overcome with self-talk (replacing negative statements with positive ones), goal setting (focusing on the process rather than the outcome) and systematic desensitisation (gradually increasing the levels of situational stress).
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Additional Notes Conference theme: "Expanding Musical Thinking"

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Created: Wed, 24 Aug 2011, 11:58:23 EST by Dr Katie Zhukov on behalf of School of Music