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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Matei: email@example.com