Why are some performers exhilarated and energized about performing in public, while others feel a crushing sense of fear and dread, and experience public performance as an overwhelming challenge that must be endured? These are the questions addressed in this book, the first rigorous exposition of this complex phenomenon.
Dianna Kenny is a Professor of Psychology and a Professor of Music at the University of Sydney, Australia. She was the Founding Director of the Australian Centre for Applied Research in Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, a post she held for five years. Dianna is interested in interdisciplinary research and has combined her own disciplines of psychology and music to progress the scientific study of music performance anxiety. Dianna has published widely in both disciplines, and has over 200 books, edited books, book chapters, journal articles, monographs and commissioned reports.