Archive for the ‘Musicians’ Category

Music Technology Research

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Researchers at the Royal College of Music’s Centre for Performance Science are working on an international project to find out more about musicians’ use of technology.

The project, called TELMI, investigates new technologies to enhance the learning of musical instruments and develop new tools to increase efficiency, engagement, and healthy practice habits in musicians ranging from professionals to beginners.

All musicians aged 16 and over are invited to complete the following survey:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/TELMI-tech

9th International Conference for Alexander Technique in Music Education

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Greenwich, London
30 – 31 July 20-2016 

With a packed programme of workshops and presentations from Alexander Technique teachers and music teachers working at leading institutions around the world including the Juilliard School, Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, this conference will be of interest to teachers, trainees, students, music educators and those involved with health and welfare in music.

Among the teachers of the Alexander Technique presenting at the conference are BAPAM-registered practitioners, Bill Benham and Malcolm WilliamsonFind more details on the Conference website.

BAPAM Training Day November 2015 – Upper Strings

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Our next Training Day will be held in London on Saturday 21st November. The theme of the day is Upper Strings.

Our Performing Arts Medicine Training Days are ideal for healthcare professionals and others engaged in performing arts welfare who want to develop their skills in this fascinating specialism.

We present perspectives from people working in the performing arts as well as the expertise of experienced medical practitioners. This is a great opportunity to make connections and share unique insights.

We’ll be joined by professional and student musicians to demonstrate some of the issues raised in presentations including:   

Physical issues & assessment in upper string players
Dr David Fielding
GP with special interest in Musculoskeletal issues, and former BAPAM clinician.

Playing, performing, teaching
Dr Ursula Benz
Performer; Visiting Professor in Violin at Birmingham Conservatoire; Medical Doctor at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universtät Medical Faculty, Munich

Anatomy in relation to upper strings
Dr Alan Watson
Reader in Anatomy, Cardiff University

Research summary: how performance problems develop and how the Alexander Technique can help overcome them
Dr Alison Loram
Alexander Technique Teacher, BAPAM registered practitioner and violinist

Lunch is included in the ticket price.

The Event takes place at Resource for London, 365 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

Advance booking is essential - Buy tickets here

Cancellations prior to 7 November  will be fully refunded.

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Psychological Self-care

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.

1 in 5 of us suffer from mental health problems at some point in our lives so it’s important to know how to stay happy and healthy.

Help Musicians UK asked BAPAM’s assessing psychologist, Dr Carol Chapman, to share her expertise with them. Carol works with BAPAM to advise performing arts professionals and students about mental health issues related to their work in the industry. You can read her article here:

Tips for musicians to keep mentally healthy and enhance well-being

Great advice for musicians and non-musicians alike!

Havas New Approach – International Summer Academy for Strings in Oxford

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Kató Havas is a violinist and violin and viola teacher who developed the “New Approach to violin playing”, a method of releasing physical and mental tension, which could help prevent physical injuries and anxiety related to playing the violin or viola. A frequent presenter at European String Teachers’ Associaton events, Kató’s teachings are now continued by her assistant, concert violinist, Caroline Duffner.

The summer New Approach workshop to string playing is held in the beautiful setting of St Edmund’s Hall of the University of Oxford.

This year’s Summer Academy features a presentation by Candy Connolly, introducing South Indian violin playing with the New Approach.

This workshop is suitable for students and amateurs as well as performers and teachers.

Full details including booking information can be found here: carolineduffner.com/oxford-violin-workshop-2014

Please note that this event is not organised by BAPAM and we receive no revenue from it.

 

Instrumental To Your Performance

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Drusilla Redman and Ian MacDonald host a one-day healthy practice workshop for musicians.

Please note that this event is organised independently of BAPAM

Health and the Performer

Saturday 31st May, 9:45am -16:30pm

Dance Studio, 1st floor, Lewis Building, Gower St; London, WC1E 6BP

(2 minutes from Euston Square tube station, 7 minutes from Warren St station, 10 minutes from Euston main line)

Drusilla Redman MCSP SRP – physiotherapist/dancer, UCL Performing Arts Medicine MSc lecturer.

Ian MacDonald  MSc DipRCM ARCM ALCM – laryngeal manual therapist, vocal coach, singer/musician, UCL Performing Arts Medicine MSc Course Leader.

Organised by two experienced BAPAM clinicians, the day covers detailed aspects of musicians’ health and wellbeing including:

Physical warm-up

Posture – sculpting your sound

Vocal warm-up

Breathing and embouchure

Gentle stretching

The environment, travelling and touring

How to get the best out of your body

Cool-down

For more details and booking please email:

Ian (i.macdonald@ucl.ac.uk) or
Drusilla (drusillajane@hotmail.com)

Whole Day Price £110 – Group Bookings of 3 or more £95 per person 

BAPAM receives no income from this event

Training Event for Music Teachers – Promoting Health and Well-Being in Music Lessons

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

10.00 – 17.00, Sunday 19th January 2014
Royal Northern College of Music

 

Naomi Norton, BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Manager and PhD student at the Royal Northern College of Music, would like to invite you to attend a training event to be held at the RNCM on Sunday 19th January 2014.

This event is open to all musicians and other interested parties, although sessions will focus on the music lesson environment and therefore are likely to be most relevant to instrumental and vocal teachers (all ages, instruments and genres).

Attendance at the event costs only £28, with a further £3 discount available to any individuals who have participated in Naomi’s previous research study (available here).

Registration for the event will open at 9.30am and sessions will run from 10.00 – 16.00 on Sunday 19th January 2014; optional focus group discussions will take place following the event from 16.15 – 17.00

To book your place please contact Naomi Norton by email naomi.norton@student.rncm.ac.uk

More information is available via the RNCM Box Office.

The day aims to provide practical information regarding how to avoid or manage performance-related problems and how to pass this information on to instrumental/vocal pupils.

Sessions:

Performance-related problems Drusilla Redman
Health support Deborah Charnock
String Specialist Christine Harrison
Performance Anxiety Carol Chapman
Psycho-Physical Re-Education Alison Loram
Vocal Specialist Ian MacDonald
Wind and Brass Specialist Andrew Roberts
Performance Coaching Karen O’Connor
Focus group sessions Volunteer delegates and speakers

See RNCM Box Office page for speaker biographies

Event Sponsors: The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, Ton Kooiman, Mundo Music Gear, The Pegmate

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been organised by Naomi as part of her research therefore all sessions will be recorded and attendees will be treated as research participants and required to sign a consent form at registration on the day; all data collected at the event will be kept confidential and published anonymously. The research elements of the day have received approval from the RNCM Research Ethics Committee.

Event Report: Performers in their Environment Training Day

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Our November 2013 event brought together actors and musicians with professionals working in performing arts healthcare, education and support and welfare, for a stimulating investigation into the work, lifestyle and health realities of the industry.

Professor of Performance Science, Aaron Williamon, discussed musicians’ hearing and the tricky issue of noise regulations for workers for whom noise is their product.

Philip Turner, Senior Stage Manager of the English National Opera, shared valuable expertise and insights into the considerations of caring for performers, crew, and audience, and in supervising the work environment, both at the ENO in London, and on touring productions. Osteopath, Jennie Morton, presented on workplace hazards, drawing from her work as a performer (dance/theatre/singing).

Former professional oboist turned pioneering Performance Coach, Karen O’Connor, was joined by a singer and a double bassist to discuss novel applications of sport psychology for managing performance anxiety and developing mental toughness.

We also heard from professional performers about the ups and downs of their careers. Jungle Drummer, Chris Polglase, talked us through his career, from leaving music school in frustration at course requirements that he learn endless indie rock parts, to turning a hobby into a sustained professional career playing 180bpm drum & bass beats, alongside turntablists and musicians from a diverse spectrum of styles. Chris talked about the pressures of extensive touring, playing 5am gigs at clubs and festivals, studio sessions, and gradually learning self confidence and how to care for yourself.

Bringing a fascinating day to a close, David Sulkin, Chief Executive of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, interviewed two actors at very different stages of their careers – covering the stresses (physical, emotional and financial) and rewards of the profession.

We’d like to thank all the speakers, performers and attendees.  All agreed that first hand discussion with performing arts professionals proved especially valuable in providing perspective for those who seek to help care for their health and welfare. Thanks also to the Musicians’ Union for so generously providing the venue.

More information about our Training Days can be found here: BAPAM Training Days.

Research: How Musicians Experience Forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Call for Participants: 

 

Ellis Pecen is a Masters student in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, interested in exploring how musicians experience forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). To do this, a short anonymous online survey has been developed that should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. In this survey you will be asked anonymous questions about your musical background and your experiences with CBT. The research has received ethical approval from the Conservatoires UK Research Ethics Committee.

Who can take part?

The recruitment criteria for taking part are:

1. That you are a musician (or former musician) with experiences with CBT. You can be a student, professional or a musician who plays as part of a hobby, regardless of age or experience.

2. That you are undergoing or have undergone CBT treatment. There are many approaches to CBT and many forms of delivery (e.g. private/group counselling, computerized CBT, CBT via self-help methods etc.). All forms are valid for the purposes of this research, yet in order to ensure a consistent definition of CBT we are interested in interventions that adhere to the following characteristics:

i. CBT is based on the theory that our thoughts determine our feelings and behaviour and that, therefore, changing the way we think allows us to change the way we feel and behave.

ii. CBT is problem-focused and goal-oriented. The emphasis is on the ‘now’ and the future rather than the past.

iii. CBT requires active participation from clients in the form of homework assignments designed to apply the acquired skills from the sessions to real-life situations.

iv. Clients are educated about their symptoms and are made aware of strategies to enable positive change

How do I take part?

If you feel that you meet the above criteria and would like to complete the anonymous survey, please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GHVPSZX

If you have any further questions about the research, feel free to contact Ellis at ellis.pecen@rcm.ac.uk

Thank you for taking the time to read through this information and considering participating in the research. You help is most appreciated!

 

Musicians’ Union Wellbeing Week

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Musicians’ Union, with input from BAPAM and the Musicians Benevolent Fund, hold a Wellbeing Week for their members in August.

Wellbeing sessions take place in London and Birmingham, and for those unable to attend corporeally, there is also the option to join in via Skype transmission.

Sessions will cover healthy practice, posture, stress, life-coaching, yoga, and more.

This is a fantastic opportunity to benefit from the experience and wisdom of a range of professionals who work with musicians enabling them to have healthier and happier lifestyles.

 

Click here for all the information.