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Performance anxiety is a common problem among performing musicians. This treatise looks at physical, mental and behavioral approaches for treating music performance anxiety in music students and professional musicians. Its goal is to describe the causes and effects of anxiety as experienced by performing musicians and to describe strategies for dealing with this problem as described in the literature. I propose the use of techniques from the practice of Zen to address these issues. Zen philosophy and a Zen approach are compatible with many techniques already put forward for overcoming music performance anxiety. Zen serves to unite, extend and actualize various techniques into a useful and practical group of methods for improving musicians' relationship to their performance. As a pianist, I am experienced in using Zen techniques for overcoming my performance anxiety.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Read Gainsford, Professor Directing Treatise; Seth Beckman, University Representative; Carolyn Ann Bridger, Committee Member; Leonard Mastrogiacomo, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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