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date: 23 January 2020

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This article discusses psychological and physiological demands of learning to play a musical instrument and proposes ways of addressing them. It begins by discussing performance anxiety—one of the most common psychological problems experienced by musicians—and then considers physiological problems relating to sensorimotor and musculoskeletal functions. Next, the article looks at how musicians can address common psychological and physiological problems. Implications for teachers are also discussed, particularly concerning the assessment of students' susceptibility to performance anxiety and physical problems, as well as the development of critical skills in evaluating performance.

Keywords: musical instruments, instrumental learning, performance anxiety, physiological problems, musicians

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