A systematic review of treatments for music performance anxiety

Dianna T. Kenny*

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    A systematic review of all available treatment studies for music performance anxiety was undertaken. Interventions were categorised into psychological treatments and pharmacological treatments. Psychological treatments included behavioral, cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, combined treatments and other therapies. Issues such as the number of studies in each treatment modality, their sample sizes and the methodological quality of most of the studies reviewed precluded firm conclusions about the effectiveness of any of the treatments assessed for music performance anxiety. The field is in urgent need of larger scale, methodologically rigorous studies to assist the large minority of musicians who suffer from performance impairing music performance anxiety.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)183-208
    Number of pages26
    JournalAnxiety, Stress and Coping
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005


    • Alternative therapies
    • Behavioral therapies
    • Cognitive therapies
    • Drug therapies
    • Music performance anxiety


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