Archive for the ‘Tuition’ Category

Free Health and Wellbeing Webinar Series with ISM

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Tuesday 5th February to Tuesday 26th February

We have teamed up with the Incorporated Society of Musicians to present a series of free webinars looking at musicians’ health. Our performance health experts will lead the sessions, exploring solutions to problems frequently encountered in music careers. For more information on each session and how to book a free place click here.

Looking after yourself on tour: Tuesday 5th February
Health in the gig economy: Wednesday 13th February
Resilience and bullying in the workplace: Tuesday 19th February
Preventing playing related injury: Tuesday 26th February


The Perils of Percussion Playing | Alcohol and the Performing Arts

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

A British Association for Performing Arts Medicine Training Event: 

Saturday 18th May 2013
Main University Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT 


Hand problems in musicians with an emphasis on percussionists
Practical percussion demonstration
Assessment & treatment advice
Dystonia update
Alcohol and the performing arts

Click here for the full programme.

£80 – Full Day
£50 – Students

To book your place or for more information please return this registration form by post or email the Office and Clinics Manager, Clare Hicks, via

BAPAM Training Days provide in-depth explorations of key areas of Performing Arts Medicine and unique insights into aspects of performers’ health and wellbeing. We present performers’ perspectives as well as the expertise of experienced medical practitioners.

Our events are also a great opportunity for all those interested in and engaged with Performing Arts Medicine to meet and network.

For those of you who are GPs, BAPAM training days should qualify for CPD credits under the RCGP CPD credits scheme (please check this with them directly).

BAPAM November Training Day Programme

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Our November 19th Training Event focusses on Long Term Health Issues Affecting Performing Artists with presentations covering:

Sensory Motor Release (GP/Physio)

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation of Disabled, Elderly and Multi-talented Performers (Rheumatologist)

Chronic Pain (Rheumatologist)

Ageing and Performance Q&A with Gabrielle Hamilton (actor), Fergus Early (dancer) and Catherine Butler Smith (musician)

Plus, performing arts medicine practitioners can learn from and with professional musicians in two practical sessions with violinist (and Alexander Technique teacher), Ron Colyer, and clarinettist, Andrew Roberts.

Click here to download the programme

Please note this event is now fully booked.

Attendees should come to the main reception of:

Franklin-Wilkins Building
Stamford Street

Venue information:

Future Training Day Dates

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Just a quick note – we’ve changed the dates of future Training Days to the third saturdays of May and November. This change takes effect after the forthcoming Training Day in Birmingham on May 14.

Alexander Technique with Dorothea Magonet

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Dorethea Magonet, an Alexander Technique teacher on our Directory of Practitioners who works with many music students and performing artists, has just launched her new web site:

Dorothea offers free consultations and low fee lessons for performing artists who are BAPAM clients. To find out how to arrange this, register with us by calling the clinic on 020 7404 8444.

Autogenic Training Sessions with Giovanna Reitano

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Giovanna Reitano is starting a series of AT classes at BAPAM in London. She sent us the following information about the course, which is tailored specifically for actors, dancers, musicians, singers and all other performing artists:

Enhance your Performance with Autogenic Training

. Learn to Cope with Stress & Relax

. Relieve Muscular & Emotional Tensions

. Reduce Performance Anxiety

. Enhance Concentration & Self Confidence

. Feel Positive & Energized

Autogenic Training Sessions and Courses

The autogenic sessions aim to give artists, professionals and students, the skills for enhancing their performance using their artistic craft in the most effective way.  AT helps to prevent and reduce performance anxiety and stress-related discomforts. It also enhances mental clarity, concentration and self-confidence.

The course consists of learning and practicing the autogenic standard exercises which allow the release of physical and emotional tension. By stimulating the body’s self-regulatory system AT fosters a progressive muscular and mental relaxation and supports the healthy functioning of the body’s systems, such as the circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal and metabolic.

The autogenic practice allows you to bring your body into a state of ‘awake’ relaxation whenever and wherever needed.  In this way your body becomes more energized and you can use physical and mental energy in the most effective way.

By the end of the course you will have developed a calmer attitude when dealing with the negative effects of stress; learned to feel more in control and present – relaxed but awake; as well as focused and energised before, during and after a performance. Individual or small group sessions are available.

Please, read more on AT at

With: Giovanna Reitano

Date:  Individual sessions are by appointment.

Small groups sessions: Evenings (Monday-Thursday) 5:30-6:30 or 6:30-7:30

AT Courses start the first week of each month and include 6 sessions (on weekly basis).

The cost for the 6 week AT course is of £ 140 (£ 110 for students).

Venue: BAPAM

To book an Autogenic Training session or a 6 week course with Giovanna please contact Clare at Bapam:

Tel. 020 7404 8444 (Monday-Friday 9 am – 5pm)

Autogenic Training – an Introduction for Performing Artists

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Autogenic Training (also called Autogenic Therapy) is a relaxation technique that can help improve stress management and increase wellbeing. Individuals learn the technique over a course of (usually 8 – 10) classes. It is a complementary therapy that is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment for a variety of health problems, especially where stress is involved.

At our clinics, BAPAM doctors give medical advice to many performers with musculoskeletal injuries (temporarily) preventing their ability to pursue their careers/education. In addition to the physical problem, there is a psychological impact. Being injured is stressful! AT is one way of reducing the stress and tension which can exacerbate the effects of physical injury.

AT can be particularly useful for all forms of anxiety, including performance anxiety (stage fright), and panic attacks. The relaxed state induced by autogenic exercises restores regular heartbeats, normal breathing patterns, and increases concentration clarity and alertness. People report feeling more confident and energised.

Tammy Mindell, an Autogenic Therapist listed on BAPAM’s directory of practitioners, says, ‘a semi-professional singer learnt AT for other stress related issues. As an unexpected bonus, she found her singing greatly improved. She became less anxious about good performance, allowing herself to be good enough. The results meant that rather than over breathing and pushing the sound, I could relax and allow and enjoy a much easier and better quality performance’.

In some cases, advanced autogenic techniques may be used as a form of psychotherapy.

Useful links:

The British Autogenic Society is the professional and regulatory body for Autogenic Therapists in the UK. Their web site contains a wealth of further information about autogenic training.

Autogenic Therapists on the BAPAM Directory of Practitioners:

Tammy Mindel:
Giovanna Reitano:
Catalina Botello:

If you are worried about a medical problem, including anxiety or another psychological problem, you should consult your GP. If you are a performing artist and the problem is work-related you may also seek advice from a BAPAM GP at one of our free clinics.

One Day Singing Workshops in London

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

These one day performance workshops for singers at both good amateur and professional level, who wish to improve their existing vocal and performance skills, provide a stimulating and creative environment in which to explore solo and group work. Highly Recommended!

Ian MacDonald is a singer and specialist voice coach for BAPAM.

VoiceSkills; an Ian MacDonald and Sef Hill collaboration.

See website for full details and how to book:

The Classical Voice

The Lady Chapel, St Peter’s Church, Kennington Lane SE11 5HY – 0790 4691850

10am – 5pm, Saturday, 18th September 2010 – Booking NOW!

10am – 5pm, Saturday, 15th January 2011

10am – 5pm, Saturday, 16th April 2011

The Musical Theatre Voice

The Concert Artistes’ Association, 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP – 0790 469 1850

10am – 5pm, Sunday, 10th October 2010 – Booking NOW!

10am – 5pm, Sunday, 23rd January 2011

10am – 5pm, Sunday, 10th April 2011

Alexander Technique with Hilary King

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

All performing artists can benefit from improving their posture, poise and wellbeing. Hilary King, an Alexander Technique teacher working with  actors, dancers and musicians has organised this introductory workshop and short  course, starting on 18th September:

Introductory Workshop and Short Course

In Aid of UNICEF Pakistan Flood Children’s Appeal

£25 Minimum ~ Workshop Fees will be Donated & Added to by Gift Aid

Saturday 18 September ~ 2.0pm – 4.30pm

Small Group max 6 ~ so it is essential to enrol in advance

As the group is small, you will be able to experience some individual hands-on work with an experienced teacher.

  • Experiential Games
  • Demonstrations and Discussion
  • Hands-on Work
  • Refreshments Organic / Fairtrade

You will be asked to lie on the floor and to take your shoes off.  Please wear loose trousers and comfortable clothing without hoodies.

Reduced rate 1:1 Follow-up Lesson is available to participants

Short Introductory Course ~ £60

Linked to the UNICEF Workshop, which could also form the first session of this

4 week Introductory Course:

Saturdays (18), 25 September, 2, 9 October ~ 2.0 – 4.0pm

A separate fee is required for the extra 3 sessions, which are not part of the fund-raising.

Book Workshop & Course Together ~ £75

(£25 still goes to UNICEF)

This course offers you a cost-effective way to extend your learning of the Technique and is only available to participants of the UNICEF Workshop or a previous Intro Workshop.

Further Information and Booking:

Book Workshop & Course Together ~ £75

(£25 still goes to UNICEF)

Playing(Less)Hurt: Free Seminar

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Want free advice on injury prevention and hearing protection from a world class musician?

Janet Horvath, the associate principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra, author of  the book, Playing (Less) Hurt -An Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians, and long time member of the Performing Arts Medical Association, contacted BAPAM to tell us about her imminent Playing(Less)Hurt seminar.

The Minnesota Orchestra is performing at the Proms and while in London, Janet will be giving one of her seminars on injury prevention and hearing protection.

The workshop will take place at  the Westminster Reference Library of the Performing Arts on Friday August 27th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, 35 St Martins St. London WC2H 7HP (Leicester Square Tube).
The seminar is pertinent to all instrumentalists in any genre and at any level, and the teachers and health professionals who work with them.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information please see Janet Horvath’s website.