So, how do you handle nerves in "non-competitive" situations where you are being judged and evaluated against a standard, but not directly competing with others? (e.g. solo & ensemble auditions; a driver's test, etc.)
In this dissertation, Hingley surveys the literature with regard to the phenomenon commonly known as "stage fright" and intends to provide information which can help an otherwise prepared performer to deal with nervousness and the fear of failure.
This is the first rigorous exposition of music performance anxiety. In this groundbreaking work, Dianna Kenny draws on a range of disciplines including psychology, philosophy, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and performance theory in order to explain the many facets of music performance anxiety that have emerged in the empirical and clinical literature
Part I, Artful Practice, describes strategies to interpret and memorize compositions, fuel motivation, collaborate, and more. Part II, Fearless Performance, lifts the lid on the hidden causes of nervousness and shows how musicians can become confident performers. Part III, Lifelong Creativity, surveys tactics to prevent music-related injuries and equips musicians to tap their own innate creativity.