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Effects of Using Relaxation Breathing Training to Reduce Music Performance Anxiety in 3rd to 6th Graders

Yu-Huei Su, Jer-Junn Luh, Hsin-I Chen, Chao-Chen Lin, Miin-Jiun Liao, Heng-Shuen Chen
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 25 Number 2: Page 82 (June 2010)

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Abstract: The current study examined the effects of applying relaxation breathing training (RBT) as a means to reduce music performance anxiety (MPA) in young, talented musicians. A group of 59 young musicians from 3rd to 6th grade participated in this study, and all of them started RBT twice a week for 2 months prior to the examination. Four tests--2 mos, 1 mos, half an hour, and 5 min before the examination--were conducted to examine the level of MPA after the application of RBT. Results show that the degree of MPA 5 min before the trial was lower than the degree of performance anxiety half an hour before the jury (t = -3.683, p < 0.01), which indicated that the RBT was associated with a decrease in MPA. Although a series of RBT exercises was applied, results indicated that when approaching the date of examination, the degree of performance anxiety still increased and reached its maximum half an hour before the jury. The recommendation for future studies is to combine the application of RBT with other methods to expand its effect in reducing MPA.

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