Kenny music performance anxiety inventory: contribution for the Portuguese validation

Pedro Dias*, Lurdes Veríssimo, Nânci Figueiredo, Patrícia Oliveira-Silva, Sofia Serra, Daniela Coimbra

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(1) Background: The aim of the present study was to contribute to the validation of the Portuguese version of the Kenny Music Performance Anxiety Inventory (K-MPAI) and to study its psychometric properties. (2) Methods: A sample of 164 undergraduate music students in Portugal (62.2% female; mean age = 22.63; SD = 4.36) completed an online survey composed of the K-MPAI Portuguese version, the State Trait Anxiety Inventory, and a sociodemographic questionnaire. The K-MPAI psychometric properties were examined using exploratory factor analyses, known-group differences, and Cronbach’s alpha. (3) Results: A four-factor structure was identified, in line with recent validation of this measure in other countries: music performance anxiety-related symptoms, depression and hopelessness, parental support, and memory self-efficacy. Concurrent and known group validity were established, and reliability scores were appropriate for the dimensions and total score. (4) Conclusions: The results provide initial evidence of the appropriateness of the Portuguese version of the K-MPAI.
Original languageEnglish
Article number18
Number of pages11
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2022


  • Assessment
  • K-MPAI
  • Music performance anxiety
  • Psychometric properties
  • Validation


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