HomeSMCC Higher Education Research Journalvol. 6 no. 1 (2019)

“In The Zone”: Lived Experiences of MVC Music Instrumentalists

Wendee Jon G Biclar | Jencen T Rabor | Gemini F Asok | Felix E Arcilla Jr.

Discipline: Education



This qualitative study examines the lived experiences of five music instrumentalists from Mountain View College. The primary data collection method was in-depth interviews. The data were coded and analyzed according to the research questions. Five themes emerged regarding participants’ experiences that include: (1) challenging experiences to one’s skill, (2) concentration on a task, (3) high levels of personal and performance satisfaction, (4) deep learning and experiencing the “flow,” and (5) uncovering inner emotions. Themes were analyzed from the music instrumentalists’ experiences through the theoretical lenses of the Flow theory. The participant’s experiences’ served as a jumpstart to the discussions about the actual and perceived values of the musicians’ life. It is concluded that Flow or “in the zone” moment, the optimal psychological state, musical activities that challenge their skill level, immersion and concentrated focus on the task, in deep learning, and high levels of personal music performance and satisfaction were all experienced by the participant. It is then recommended that the research participants and musically inclined students be continually provided with all opportunities, music facilities, and a supportive environment to help them experience in-depth learning that would make their talents grow.