Common themes in the lives of performing musicians

Dianna T. Kenny

in The Psychology of Music Performance Anxiety

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586141
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731129 | DOI:
Common themes in the lives of performing musicians

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This chapter presents excerpts taken from the set of twenty in-depth interviews with orchestral musicians as described in Chapter 8. Common themes from the transcripts of interviews reveal a nuanced insight into the psychological lives of orchestral musicians. There is a great deal of collective wisdom or ‘craft knowledge’ contained in their comments. Key themes that emerge included issues related to their musical identity and sense of self, their internalized mental representations of their parents, the generational transmission of music performance anxiety and its prevention through awareness and self-reflection, the onset and causes of music performance anxiety, and how music performance anxiety is manifested in older musicians.

Keywords: music performance anxiety; orchestral musicians; craft knowledge; collective wisdom

Chapter.  13725 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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