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The effect of music-assisted relaxation training on measures of state anxiety and heart rate under music performance conditions for college music students
Date of Award
Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted
Master of Arts (M.A.)
David E. Wolfe
First Committee Member
Audree S. O'Connell
Second Committee Member
Mathew T. Krejci
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a music-assisted relaxation training program as a treatment method for college music students suffering from performance anxiety. A total of 40 participants were randomly assigned to the experimental (n=20) and wait-list control (n=20) groups. The experimental group received six music-assisted relaxation training sessions while the wait-list control group received no contact. Dependent measures included pre- and post-test State Trait Anxiety Inventory (ST AI) scores and heart rate measurements during individual jury examinations (performance condition).
Results found no differences in ST AI scores and heart rate measurements between groups. Factors such as years of formal training and memorization of performance showed no differences in dependent measures. The experimental group rated their performance quality as significantly higher than the wait-list control group.
All participants who received the relaxation training program felt they benefited from it, and_ found it helpful in feeling more "in control" and "focused on their music" during performances.
Iwamasa, Dawn A.. (1998). The effect of music-assisted relaxation training on measures of state anxiety and heart rate under music performance conditions for college music students. University of the Pacific, Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/2324
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