Personality traits and variables associated with music performance anxiety

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Introduction
Music Performance Anxiety (MPA) is a symptomatology that affects a large number of musicians and their execution. Personality traits such as sociodemographic variables seem to influence this condition.

Objective
Analyze which personality traits influence the MPA and determine whether it can be predicted by sex, the family of the instrument practiced, acting as a soloist, or the type of training received.

Material and method
The sample was composed of 72 musicians, between 16 and 54 years old (M=24.11, SD=9.03). They were administered the KMPAI-E to measure stage anxiety and NEO-FFI to measure personality. A bivariate correlation and a multiple regression analysis were performed.

Results
The results showed a positive correlation between MPA and neuroticism (p<.01) and a negative correlation with extraversion (p<.01) and responsibility (p<.05). Likewise, the instrument family and sex were determined as predictive variables of MPA. In terms of sex, there were significant differences (p<.01) in MPA, with women obtaining the highest scores. Regarding the instrument family, there was a significant difference with the plucked string (p<.05). Being a soloist and the type of training did not predict MPA.

Conclusions
A personality prone to neuroticism and introversion seems to have an influence on the MPA. Likewise, the fact of being a woman and practicing plucked string instruments could predict MPA.
Year of Publication
2020
Journal
Ansiedad y Estrés
Volume
26
Issue
1
Number
Number of Pages
33-38
Date Published
06/2020
Type of Article
Journal article
Publisher
ISSN Number
1134-7937
ISBN Number
2174-0437
DOI
10.1016/j.anyes.2020.01.002