Posts Tagged ‘Psychology’

Performing Health Psychology Event

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Raluca Matei and Dr Benjamin Gardner have sent us the following information about their interesting research into health psychology in professional orchestral musicians. Read on to find out more, and if you’d be interested in taking part, please contact Raluca Matei directly at

Tutti for health and wellbeing

If you are a professional orchestral player and want to:

  • sostenuto your health and wellbeing or
  • glissando from being controlled by your health to controlling it yourself (more like you control your instrumental technique) or
  • piu forte on how to implement behaviour change and maintain it through tricks that could become self-sustainable or
  • resonate just like your instrument through forming healthy habits and a wellbeing ostinato…

… then you are invited to attend a free interactive workshop supported by the British Psychological Society (which awarded this proposal the Public Engagement Grant 2015). This is an innovative approach to musicians’ health through the lenses of health psychology in general and behaviour change in particular.

What is health psychology? It is an emerging field aimed at the scientific study of the psychological processes that are relevant for the understanding of aspects such as how health can be promoted and maintained, and how illnesses can be treated and prevented in the first place.

What does behaviour change refer to? In this case, it is meant as an array of evidence-based tools by which one can initiate and maintain change in one’s lifestyle and health-related behaviours.

As psychologists, we need your input and feedback on how to tailor existing evidence to your needs so that together, we attach meaning to this inter-disciplinary collaboration.

This event complements the ongoing work of BAPAM and partner organisations providing specialist health support  to performing arts professionals as well as with the development of the health resources offered by BAPAM in order to sustain both musicians’ wellbeing and high quality music making.

Tempo: A comfortable one/walking pace

Key signature: Health and Wellbeing

Main theme: Prevention with motifs of Lifestyle and Behaviour Change

Performers: Raluca Matei and Dr. Ben Gardner in spoken duet with you

Date and venue: TBC according to expressed interest

Raluca Matei is currently an AHRC-funded PhD student at the Royal Northern College of Music, focusing on health promotion among musicians. She has a background in health psychology and music (has studied violin with Maxim Vengerov at the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland).

Dr. Benjamin Gardner is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at King’s College London. His expertise is in habit formation as applied to initiating and maintaining behaviour change. As a research psychologist, he is also interested in health promotion in general.

If you are interested in taking part, please email Raluca

I Can’t Go On! Managing Performance Anxiety

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Dr Carol Chapman and Karen O’Connor, experts in performance psychology and coaching, have authored our new Factsheet, I Can’t Go Ona resource all about overcoming performance anxiety (stage fright), one of the most common challenges facing any performer. Constantly striving for the very highest standards is essential but when, for whatever reason, a performer experiences less than perfection, they can be excessively hard on themselves and a vicious circle of worry and self-doubt can follow. The good news is, there are tried and tested strategies to deal with this.

All our information resources can be found here: BAPAM Health Resources.

We are grateful to Help Musicians UK, the Musicians’ Union and Equity for financial support in producing these materials.

Research into Sleep Disturbances amongst Performing Artists

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Karolin Krell, an osteopath and University College London MSc Student in Performing Arts Medicine, is inviting performing artists to take part in her research study into sleep disturbances in our industry.

Karolin’s research explores the relationship between performance practise and lifestyle issues, particularly sleep and rest habits in the performing arts community.

Information gathered from this research will be used to inform the development of performers’ education and training curriculums. Data could potentially be used to develop advice on rest and recovery times for various performer groups with the aim of helping them to reach their performance potential.

If you wish to take part, please complete the following anonymous survey which collects information regarding your performance, lifestyle and sleep habits. All data requested from you is included on the questionnaire; after completion you have no further obligations to this project. Please read the Participant Information Sheet for further details.

Click here to complete the Sleep Disturbances amongst Performing Artists Survey

The survey link will be closed at the end of May 2015. You can complete and submit the questionnaire at any time before the end of May but please do it as soon as possible.

We’ll share an update about the results of the study in future here and through our Newsletter which you can sign up to by entering your email address here and clicking send:

If you would like to receive medical advice on any of the issues raised in the questionnaire you should contact your GP or call the BAPAM Helpline (020 7404 8444) for further information.

This project has Research Ethics Committee approval from University College London.

New and Updated Health Information Factsheets

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

We know that a career in the performing arts can be physically and psychologically tough. Whether you’re on stage or behind the scenes, it takes a lot to keep the show on the road. BAPAM helps many people overcome health challenges that arise while they are working or studying in our industry.

Our free online Factsheets are designed to help you look after yourself and perform at your peak. They include advice about preparing for performance, from physical warm-ups to psychological self-care, coping with anxiety and challenging working conditions, caring for your voice, hearing, taking care of nutrition and alcohol consumption.

Click here for all of our Factsheets.

These materials are a developing resource, as we bring the expertise gained through our clinical practice and Trainer Network to focus on making key information available to all performing arts professionals and students. Look out for new BAPAM health resources throughout 2015 and please get in touch with Information Officer, Dan Hayhurst (, with any comments and suggestions.

BAPAM Warm Ups Leaflet

Our Warm-up Exercises for Musicians pocket-sized leaflet is just one of our updated health resources

Clinics Update, January 2015

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

We’re delighted to welcome three new clinicians to our London team this year.

BAPAM gives free advice to those working or studying in the performing arts to help overcome work-related problems, both physical and psychological. Dr Anne Doherty, Consultant Psychiatrist, loves Opera and is a keen amateur musician. She is looking forward to applying her expertise to the psychological impact of performing and mental health issues affecting performance.

The performing arts can be a physically demanding industry to work in and our physiotherapy assessment service at the London clinic is always very busy. Our new physiotherapist, Sarah Upjohn, has been treating playing related injuries at The Purcell School for Young Musicians since 2008. Her doctoral research at the University of Cambridge involves developing an injury prevention, health promotion and performance wellness programme within the school. She is passionate and knowledgeable about injury prevention in instrumental musicians.

Dr Hara Trouli joins our team of medics, assessing work-related musculoskeletal problems. Hara has a background in orthopaedics, is a graduate of UCL’s Performing Arts Medicine MSc course, and a classically trained pianist. She is the Chair of ISSTIP, The International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance.

Collaborative Working : BVA Study Day

Monday, December 1st, 2014

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Sunday, 25th January, 2015. Baden Powell House, Queen’s Gate, London. SW7 5JS

This study day, organised by the British Voice Association, looks at the value of collaborative working between professions. It is suitable for all those working in the field of voice.

Working Psychologically with Voice (10am – 1pm)
Peter Butcher B.A.(Hons), M.Psychol: Clinical Psychologist – Specialist in CBT
Annie Elias, MRCSLT: Speech and Language Therapist – Specialist in Voice

This session explores the value of collaborative working between clinical psychology and speech and language therapy in helping to understand and free the voice from underlying psychological stresses. The session will include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – a brief summary
  • Psychogenic Voice Disorder – what it means
  • The value of CBT in Voice Therapy
  • A model for joint working
  • Practical tips, case study and role play illustration of using CBT to help treat voice disorders, including with singers.

Whose Body Is It Anyway?

Sally Burgess, ARCM, FRCM, Mezzo, Teacher, Mentor, Director.
Fiona Bryan GGSM.Dip RAM.MSTAT, Musician, Alexander Teacher, Arranger, Artist

Sally Burgess (Singing Teacher) and Fiona Bryan (Alexander Teacher) began working together by chance 4 years ago. Although from very different backgrounds they discovered a common interest underpinning their teaching techniques – the importance and potential of mind-body awareness.

They decided to explore this more deeply via a series of workshops for singers combining their respective areas of expertise and were subsequently asked by “Live Music Now” to work with groups of wind and string players.

They are delighted to have this opportunity to share their experiences with you. They will describe in detail their collaborative teaching methods and put them into action with the aid of some (brave) singing volunteers.

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BAPAM Training Day ‘Performance Matters: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Performers’ Practice, Health and Wellbeing’

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

SUNDAY 16th November, London

What is music performance?

The Royal College of Music will be our hosts for a day of discussion and exploratory sessions investigating many different aspects of performance.

Book your ticket here:

Performance is commonly explored within a specific domain, such as music, dance, theatre or sport. Although increasingly researched and theorised by academics as an overarching phenomenon, the findings of such research are not always embraced by the experts whose domains are studied. In this BAPAM training day, we examine what performance means across apparently unrelated contexts in order to consider how insights from one domain illuminate practice in another. We draw on personal experience of the fields of surgery (Roger Kneebone) and music (Aaron Williamon), selected from numerous possible examples, in order to highlight similarities and differences between areas of practice which at first sight seem remote. On closer inspection, each can be seen as an embodied practice where much that is important lies beyond the reach of words and must be directly experienced to be apprehended. We then explore the implications of embodied practice for the health and wellbeing of performers. Here, we focus specifically on musical performance, discussing both the possibilities that embodied practice affords but also the range of challenges it presents in educational and professional contexts. Throughout, we highlight recent advances in simulation science as ways of understanding embodied practice better and facilitating more effective approaches to developing performance skills.

This event is part of a regular series of training days provided by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) for health professionals, researchers and practitioners interested in performer healthcare.

The day will be led by Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music (RCM) and  Roger Kneebone, Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London, and includes a demonstration of the Performance Simulator at the RCM Centre for Performance Science.

Click here to download the full schedule for the day.

Lunch is included in the ticket price.

Cancellations prior to 16 October will be refunded.

Book your ticket here:

Newsletter August 2014

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The current BAPAM Newsletter (August 2014)  is now available to read or download in pdf format: BAPAM Newsletter August 2014


BAPAM Journal

Pegasus Chamber Choir Fundraising Concert for BAPAM –  For the Fallen

BAPAM Training Day – What is Music Performance 

Clinics News

Musicians’ Dystonia Reseach at UCL Institute of Neurology

BAPAM Scotland Update

PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund Support

New Patrons

New Staff


Friends Scheme

BAPAM Journal Issue 2

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Issue 2 of the BAPAM Journal, our free online resource and channel of communication for all those engaged with performing arts health, education and welfare, is now available to download here: BAPAM Journal Issue 2 – July 2014. Many thanks to all our contributors and those who have made a voluntary effort to assist with its production. Please consider supporting our work by becoming a Friend of BAPAM or making a one-off donation.

Contents include:

Interview with Professor Rodney Grahame on performing arts medicine and hypermobility

Work, Identity and Involuntary Musical Career Transition Jane Oakland

Playing-related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Flautists: A Pilot Study Investigating Risk Factors and Interventions that may Affect Outcomes
Dr Patricia Halliwell

The Impact of Hypermobility in the Finger Joints of Flautists Isobel Artigues-Cano

Biotensegrity and Cello-playing Felicity Vincent

The BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme: Reflections on a Health Promotion Initiative at the University of Leeds Naomi Norton

BAPAM Clinics: Learning from our Patients Deborah Charnock, Dan Hayhurst and Clare Hicks

Reflections on Contributing to the NICE Consultation Process on Developing the Guidelines for Social Anxiety Disorder Dr Carol Chapman

European Union Exchange Programme – An initiative to Encourage International Collaborations in Health Promotion Asmund Prytz

Book Review: The Alexander Technique for Musicians by Judith Kleinman and Peter Buckoke Alison Loram

Performing Arts Medicine MSc Student Hub

Student Advocate Scheme Update Naomi Norton

Previous Issues: 

BAPAM Journal Issue 1 June 2013


The Hypermobile Learner

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

STOP PRESS! Last minute places have become available on the course. Contact Lesley McPherson for more details at

Lesley McPherson, Director of Classical Pilates UK, and BAPAM’s Glasgow clinician, Dr Faith Gardener, are running a workshop for teachers and coaches involved in teaching movement and sport, looking at the hypermobile learner.

This event takes place on June 21st 2014 in Troon, Ayrshire

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

Anyone from adults, young dancers and athletes can be hypermobile and this presents unique challenges to the teacher and the student. This workshop will address not only the science and how to recognise hypermobility but will touch on the psychology of hypermobility and the application of exercise to strengthen the hypermobile student.

Attendance costs £140 including lunch. If you are interested in booking a place please email Lesley McPherson -

The organisers have informed us that they are nearly full for this session and are therefore building up a waiting list. Enough interest will generate further dates so please let them know as soon as possible if you’d like to attend.