Posts Tagged ‘Psychology’

Research: The Wellbeing of Musicians Across the Lifespan

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Musicians sometimes spend a lot of time looking at what is wrong, which can give more energy to challenges and create a downward spiral. Positive psychology is influenced by the idea that in spending more time focusing on what’s right, we allow ourselves to consider what it looks like to do well, which can in turn lead to a more positive physical/mental/emotional outworking.

Marie El-Khazen is a researcher inviting musicians aged 60+ to take part in interviews which will help develop knowledge and understanding of musicians’ perception of wellbeing as a performer, throughout a lifelong professional career.

If you’d like to help with this study you need to be aged 60+, having earned the majority of your full time income from employment as a performing musician. Interviews lasting 60 – 90 minutes will be conducted face to face, or via Skype, and will be recorded (on a dictaphone). Participants will remain anonymous. To take part or to find out more, please contact Marie directly by emailing U1620023@uel.ac.uk. You can also find here a detailed participant invitation letter.

This research has been approved by the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee, and follows the standard of research ethics set by the British Psychological Society.

BAPAM Training Day: The Professional Voice User in Trouble

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Our November 2017 Training Day brings a multidisciplinary focus to bear on vocal health issues affecting professional voice users. Presented in collaboration with voice care experts at the forefront of the field, this event is ideal for medical professionals and students, voice coaches, professional voice users, teachers, healthcare practitioners, and all those engaged in wellbeing in the creative arts, who want to develop specialist knowledge and skills. BAPAM Training Days are also a great opportunity for discussion, sharing insights with peers, making new connections and growing our performing arts medicine network.

Book your place here

Our timetable for the day will be confirmed shortly. Presentations include:

Mr Nick Gibbins, Laryngologist
The Surgeon’s Perspective

Nick Gibbins will take us through the types of vocal injuries and disorders that face professional performers including musculoskeletal issues, inflammatory problems, and organic lesions of the vocal folds. The laryngologist’s role in the multidisciplinary voice clinic will be explored including diagnosis and surgical intervention.

Tori Burnay, Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
The Therapist’s Perspective

Tori Burnay will show us the therapist’s side of endoscopic examination including the muscular behaviour of the larynx and vocal tract in healthy and disordered speech. Muscle tension issues, vocal hygiene, workload management and potential therapy plans will be discussed.

Dr Carol Chapman, Counselling Psychologist and Performance Coach

Dr Jane Oakland, Music Psychologist and Singer
Psychological Perspectives

Examining the difference in presentation, conceptualisation and treatment between professional voice users who have a medical diagnosis and those for whom no diagnosis has emerged and whose problems appear to have a purely psychogenic origin. Discussing the psychological and social/career impact of having voice problems in these circumstances and at different stages during a performing career. Using illustrations from client work, suggesting what clinicians should look out for. Illustrating techniques for rehabilitation and coping.

Prof. Dane Chalfin, Vocal Rehabilitation Coach
The Singing Perspective

Dane Chalfin will guide us through the Vocal Rehabilitation Coach’s role in the interpretation of the laryngopharyngeal gestures in healthy and disordered singing in various styles. Muscle tension issues in the singing voice and rehabilitative pedagogy will be discussed. This will also include a live scoping session where Mr Nick Gibbins will perform nasendoscopy on Professor Chalfin live in front of the audience. We will be inviting attendees to submit requests for singing gestures they would like to see in situ.

Ed Blake, Physiotherapist
The Physiotherapist’s Perspective

Ed Blake presents on physiotherapy treatment for professional voice users suffering voice related symptoms.

YCAT Sounding Board – Health and Wellbeing for Performers

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

YCAT Sounding Board is the new initiative from the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) to create a leading professional training ground for a broad and diverse range of music graduates and students. YCAT’s fourth career development seminar tackles the vital issue of maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing as a performer. BAPAM trainer, Jane Oakland, a music psychologist and vocal consultant, will be joining the panel to discuss issues around physical and mental wellbeing for those working in performance, and provide techniques to prevent and overcome these issues should they arise. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss the challenges and benefits to all performers in engaging with this essential element of a balanced musical life.

Panel:

Matthew Jones – violist and performance health expert

Jane Oakland – BAPAM registered music psychologist and vocal consultant

Aaron Williamon – Professor of Performance Science, Royal College of Music

Time and Location: Tuesday 24th January – Royal Overseas League, London
Panel discussion: 1 hour
Q&A: 30 mins
Post-seminar: drinks and networking
Cost: £5

All welcome! Tickets are limited. 

Book your tickets here.

 

Musicians’ Health and Wellbeing – an Interdisciplinary Approach

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A one day research seminar funded by the British Psychological Society (Division of Health Psychology)

12th May 2016 | 9.30 am – 5 pm
Royal College of Music, London

The physical and psychological demands of the training and practice that musicians must achieve to perform to a high standard on their instruments can produce deleterious effects on health and wellbeing, arising mostly from musculoskeletal and anxiety-related causes. In an attempt to bridge the gap between musicians’ health, health psychology and sports psychology, this event brings together experts who will approach topics such as musculoskeletal issues, performance anxiety, stress management, health promotion, implementation research and behaviour change.

The event is free but advance booking is essential.

Find out more.

Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Ours is an industry that puts intense pressure on individuals. People working and studying in the performing arts frequently consult BAPAM clinicians about a wide range of psychological problems affecting their careers. Often, simple management advice and psychological self-care are enough to empower people to beat problems and achieve their goals, but sometimes it is helpful to seek further expert help from a psychotherapist or counsellor. Dr Carol Chapman, Counselling Psychologist and Performance Coach, has authored our new BAPAM Factsheet, Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor, to assist people who are deciding on the most appropriate practitioner to see.

We also include links to excellent resources produced by Mind who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

If you are experiencing a mental health problem you should always consult your NHS GP. BAPAM clinicians can also advise performing arts professionals and students about psychological issues relating to their work.

Resources: 

Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor

I Can’t Go On: Managing Performance Anxiety (Stage Fright)

Psychological Self-Care

 

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 raluca.matei@hotmail.com

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 Mateiraluca.matei@hotmail.com

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 (dan@bapam.org.uk), 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.