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Dr. Margaret Osborne (Responsible Researcher)
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Tel: 03 9035 3503; email:

Dr. John Baranoff (Co-Researcher)
Centre for Treatment of Anxiety and Depression, Central Adelaide Local Health Network
Tel: 0421 428 953; email:

Amanda Kuek (Student Researcher)
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

We would like to invite you to participate in a project investigating the relationships between aspects of performance anxiety; patterns of thinking (or ‘cognitive schemas’) that develop early in life through social experiences and inform the way we think and feel about ourselves and others; and mindfulness (or ‘psychological flexibility’), our ability to adapt to situational demands by shifting our thoughts and behaving in ways that serve our valued goals. The project will explore how cognitive schemas and psychological flexibility relate to each other to generate musicians’ experiences of performance anxiety and wellbeing. The ultimate aim is to inform psychological treatment to alleviate the distress of performance anxiety and performance-related pain and injury, and to promote wellbeing.
What would I be asked to do?
This research project is comprised of two main parts. In this part, you will complete an online survey, which should take approximately 25 minutes. The survey will involve some basic demographic questions about your age, gender identity, and musical activities, followed by questionnaires asking about: Music performance anxiety and confidence; how you see yourself, how you have interacted with others in the past, and how you cope in different situations; your ability to be mindful in everyday life; and your sense of overall wellbeing.

Following completion of the survey you will be given the option to elect to receive information about participating in the second stage of the research. You can indicate "yes" at the end of this survey if you are willing to be contacted to discuss your potential consent to be interviewed about your experiences with performance anxiety and wellbeing in a follow-up study. This initial contact would provide you with further information regarding the proposed follow-up interview so you can make a fully informed decision regarding your consent to be interviewed.

What are the risks?
Due to the sensitive nature of some questions that will be asked in the survey, there is a chance that participants may feel their mood or mental health is affected. Should you feel any distress or adversity as a result of participating in this study, you are invited to contact Dr. Margaret Osborne or Dr. John Baranoff (both registered psychologists) on the details above for debriefing or appropriate referrals. Alternatively, psychological counselling services such as LifeLine (13 11 14) or the University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic (Tel: 03 9035 5180; email: are accessible.

What are the benefits?
This study explores how strengths in psychological flexibility may support wellbeing and musical performance. We expect to highlight areas of psychological flexibility that may improve performance education and interventions for musicians to enhance their performance and wellbeing. The research may be published in relevant psychology journals, and can be passed on to participants if they wish. It is also expected that any key findings should prompt further research in other populations outside of the music domain (such as sport and other performing arts disciplines), furthering our understanding of how mindfulness can impact on life outcomes.
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