Document Type



Master of Science


Music Education

First Advisor's Name

Catherine Rand

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Erskine Dottin

Third Advisor's Name

Janet Duguay Kirsten


Performance Anxiety, Adjudicator Influence, Sight Reading, Band

Date of Defense



The primary purpose of this research paper was to study performance anxiety among middle school students during a sight-reading audition. Furthermore, this sutdy asks whether the manner in which directions are presented by the sight-reading adjudicator during the course of an audition has significant impact on the performance outcome.

Participants (n=75) were middle school students attending a highly rated band program in the Miami-Dade County (Miami, FL) area. By use of investigator-derived surveys, levels of trait and state anxiety were determined before and after the sight-reading performance.

Means and standard deviations were calculated for perceived anxiety and for the resulting scores of the performance. A t-testcompared the control and experimental groups perceived level of anxiety, where statistically significant results were found at the p<.05 level. A t-test revealed a statistically significant difference between the experimental and control groups in regards to performance outcome at the p<.10 level.