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PhD Candidate
Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 370 389 (ext. 23700)


Samuel Barros is a PhD student in Music (Performance Studies) in the University of Aveiro, Portugal, holds a Master's degree in Music (Performance) from the same university and is graduated in Music in the State University of Ceará (Brazil). He is currently developing research on anxiety in musical performance in the context of music education and teaching and also working on his doctoral project entitled “Mapping music performance anxiety: quantitative and qualitative study of its prevalence in higher education”. Besides that, he collaborates in the research activities of the StressLab® (Laboratory for Research and Stress Intervention Studies), with emphasis on session training of Biofeedback for students / music professionals and Higher Education teachers. As trombonist he develops musical activities in symphony orchestras, jazz orchestras, chamber music, Brazilian music, and also acts in the pedagogical processes of teaching and learning the instrument.



Doctoral Project

Mapeamento da ansiedade na performance musical: estudo quantitativo e qualitativo da sua prevalência no ensino superior

Anabela Pereira (University of Aveiro)

This research aims to study the prevalence of music performance anxiety (MPA) among higher education music students (instrumentalists and singers) in Portugal, considering that, unlike in other countries, there are no comprehensive studies that characterize the context of Portuguese musicians regarding the incidence of MPA as well as there are no psychometric instruments built in Portuguese for this population. Therefore, the study of the context of higher education of music will allow the development of qualitative approaches focused on the etiology of MPA in early career musicians. The methods comprehend 3 research phases: 1 - To study and understand the origins and causes of MPA by conducting focus group interviews with higher education teachers and students; 2 - To develop and validate the Portuguese Music Performance Anxiety Assessment Scale; 3 - Based on the results of the focus group interviews and in the application of the scale, as well as in the literature review, to map and characterize the MPA in quantitative and qualitative ways. This mapping will allow us to recognize the prevalence of MPA in Portugal, to begin discussions on new approaches to get deeper in this theme and, possibly, to reduce MPA in training and teaching contexts, as well in professional musical practice.