What enables one individual to rise to the occasion, producing an inspired performance, whilst another, equally skilled performer, ‘chokes’ under the pressure of the moment? Why might a capable student avoid performing or feel competent to perform in one situation but not in another?
Performance self-efficacy (situationally specific self-confidence) has been identified, over and above performance anxiety, as one of the most important psychological factors for optimal performance. What counts in those critical moments prior to starting is how performers perceive their ability to achieve regardless of their level of ability or expertise. This self-belief is also associated with personal and professional satisfaction, resilience, and effective coping processes. As self-efficacy is a key factor in performance success and well-being, empowering students to become more efficacious performers is a high priority for music educators.
In this webinar, Dr Anneliese Gill will provide an overview of self-efficacy within music education, and outline a pedagogical framework for enhancing perceptions of capability within music learning environments.