Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Dr. James F. McCarthy

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard N. O'Hearn

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Performance Anxiety Management Training (PAMT) on levels of perceived self-efficacy, state anxiety, and performance quality of undergraduate musicians performing under stressful conditions. Nineteen undergraduate music majors were selected for this study. Ten received PAMT, and nine received no treatment. Subjects were tested immediately prior to a stressful evaluative performance jury on self-assessed measures of self-efficacy and state anxiety. Adjudicating music faculty determined subjects' level of performance quality. Analysis of variance revealed that subjects in the PAMT group had significantly higher scores on measures of self-efficacy, and significantly lower scores on measures of state anxiety. No significant difference was found between groups on measures of musical performance quality.