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Why Do Singing Teachers Need To Know About Acceptance and Commitment Training?

Thursday 18th February 2021

Music Performance Anxiety affects approximately 15-25% of professional musicians (Fishbein et al., 1988), however due to negative mental health connotations, it is a condition that seems to be swept under the carpet, even at the most prestigious conservatoires.

It is possible to address MPA outside of a clinical setting, which provides encouragement for the condition to be given more recognition amongst music schools and private teaching.

With this in mind, it could fall to the teacher to recognise the symptoms and aid their students in developing skills that help them to cope with MPA.

Symptoms of MPA often manifest in various forms such as; cognitive, physiological and behavioural traits, all of which can be damaging to performance quality and mental health, if left untreated.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been strongly evidenced among researchers as the preferred practice in treating MPA, however, this requires access to practitioners who are qualified.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a promising treatment for MPA, it is an evidence-based psychotherapy that aims to promote mindfulness and acceptance, with the ability to assist in enhancing performance and health.

ACT can be implemented by the teacher themselves in a non-clinical setting, when applied non-clinically it is called Acceptance and Commitment Training or Coaching (ACC).

When used by a skilled coach, ACC can be a highly effective tool for treating MPA, as well as building trust and relationship with students.

Dr David Juncos

Dr David Juncos is a licensed clinical psychologist based in Philadelphia, PA. He received his Psy.D. and M.A. degrees in clinical psychology from La Salle University, and...

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