Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Carol Knicker




The purpose of this action research project aimed to answer the question, “In what ways can music students relieve their performance anxiety around their peers while singing and playing instruments in music class?” The setting of this study was three different 4th-grade public elementary music classrooms in Minnesota, with 276 students participating in the study. This research took place over six weeks with three different Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) interventions being implemented. Data was collected in the form of student surveys taking place before and after interventions, student attitude scales that were taken each day, teacher self-assessments completed daily, and field notes. The results of this study and the interventions that took place showed a decrease in student music performance anxiety by the end of data collection. In the future, the authors of this study aim to implement specific SEL interventions throughout the school year in an attempt to mitigate music performance anxiety before the stress of a public performance.