Master of Science
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.
McAllister, Jacqueline A., "Performance Anxiety Amongst Middle School-Aged Wind Instrumentalists as Influenced by Variations in Delivery of Instructional Script Given by Adjudicators During Sight Reading" (2011). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 402.