Posts Tagged ‘Research’

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:

UCL Research: Eating Disorders in Musicians

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Marianna Kapsetaki is a medical doctor and a classical pianist studying for the Performing Arts Medicine MSc at University College London. She is conducting a research project into eating disorders in musicians.

Any musician (performer, student, academic, etc) 18 years or older is welcome to complete this survey. You will be asked 24 questions which should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. You can stop completing the survey at any point as your participation is voluntary. By submitting a completed questionnaire however, you are giving your informed consent to participate in the study.

If you would like to take part, please click here to complete the survey.

This study has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee (Project ID Number: 8069/001). The information you provide will be treated as strictly anonymous, confidential, won’t be passed onto a third party and will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you have any further questions about the research, feel free to contact Marianna at:

If you would like to receive the final report of this research project please send a request to the email above. You don’t need to write your email address at the end of the survey.

If you would like advice about eating disorders, support organisations include:

National Centre for Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders Support Charity
Eating Disorder Support Service (SEED)
Beating Eating Disorders Trust (BEAT)
Anorexia and Bulimia Care Organization
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and associated Disorders (ANAD)

June 2015 Newsletter

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Our June 2015  Newsletter  is now available to read or download in pdf format:

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine Newsletter June 2015


I Can’t Go On! Managing Performance Anxiety
Directory of Practitioners Update
Training Day Summary
Piano Professional Magazine
Research Projects
Associate Medical Director Appointed
We’re Recruiting: Job Opportunity at BAPAM
Dr Kit Wynn Parry
Help Support Us

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

UK Survey of Muscle and Joint Health in Retired Professional Ballet Dancers

Monday, April 20th, 2015

A research team at the University of East Anglia studying the development of musculoskeletal injuries in retired ballet dancers has produced a 10 minute survey posing questions on previous and current joint and muscle pain. The survey is online here,, and all UK retired professional ballet dancers are invited to contribute. The team is hoping to gain a nationwide picture of current experiences of muscle and joint care among this group, helping to develop future research.

Research into Musicians’ Dystonia at UCL Institute of Neurology

Monday, January 20th, 2014

The Pathophysiology of Dystonia

Are you a musician with focal dystonia?

A team of researchers at the UCL Institute of Neurology and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, led by Dr Mark Edwards, are particularly interested in hearing from musicians with focal (task-specific) dystonia. The aim is to develop methods for assessing the symptoms, and discover information which will be useful in future clinical trials. It is important to note that the study is not, in itself, a clinical trial for treatment of dystonia.

Musicians participating will need to attend multiple sessions at the Institute of Neurology with their instruments (a keyboard can be provided). You would need to able to attend 12 sessions which last one hour or less. The design requires four sessions in four consecutive days which are repeated three times with a gap of a few weeks in between. Travel expenses will be covered and times and dates are generally very flexible.  The study uses transcranial magnetic stimulation within specific safe parameters. It is not invasive, does not involve pain and is generally very well tolerated by participants.

The team hope to establish a specific clinic for this type of dystonia.

If you have this form of dystonia and would like to be seen in clinic or are interested in taking part in studies please email Dr Mark Edwards, Consultant Neurologist, via:

The team will provide full information to anyone interested in taking part.

Research Ethics Committee approval for this study has been granted by the NHS National Research Ethics Service.

Health Education for Musicians: Instrumental and Vocal Music Teachers’ Perspectives

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Royal Northern College of Music PhD Candidate (and BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Manager), Naomi Norton, is exploring instrumental/vocal music teachers’ perspectives on health education and support for musicians. The research is being conducted under the auspices of the RNCM (and is approved by their Research Ethics Committee) with with financial support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council

I would like to invite all instrumental/vocal music teachers to participate in a PhD research project entitled Health education in instrumental/vocal music lessons: the teacher’s perspective. This research is based at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the supervision of Professor Jane Ginsborg and Dr Alinka Greasley with financial support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council[1].

Click here to access the survey: The teachers perspective on health education

A significant number of musicians in the Western world are affected by performance-related problems such as music performance anxiety, noise-induced hearing loss, occupational stress and musculoskeletal disorders. Many of these problems are preventable provided that appropriate education and support are available throughout a musician’s training and career. Performing arts medicine specialists are turning to instrumental and vocal teachers as potential advocates for health promotion with the next generation of musicians; this research aims to explore instrumental/vocal music teachers’ perspectives on health education and support for musicians.

The specific study in which I am asking you to participate involves completing an online survey consisting of an introduction followed by four sets of questions (mainly multiple or single choice, although some require an open-ended response) covering a range of topics regarding performance-related problems, health education and support, and a conclusion. There are 50 questions and completion of the survey is likely to take between 20 and 40 minutes depending on the length of your answers. You can complete the survey in stages by saving your responses and returning to complete the survey later. Pilot study participants reported that they enjoyed completing the survey as they found the questions interesting and stimulating. Participation is entirely voluntary, all results will be kept completely confidential and data will be published anonymously.

Here’s the link to access the survey again: The teachers perspective on health education

If you have any questions regarding this research or your participation in the study please email me at

Please share this with individual teachers or teaching networks who you believe may be willing to participate; the only requirement is that participants are currently teaching at least one instrumental/vocal music lesson on a regular basis (regardless of instrument or genre).

[1] The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more.  This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to:

BAPAM Newsletter July 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Our July 2013 Newsletter is now available in pdf format here:

BAPAM Newsletter July 2013

1. BAPAM Journal Re-launch

2. Performing Arts Medicine Training Events

3. Student Advocate Scheme Training and Induction Day

4. Musical Impact

5. The Future

BAPAM Newsletter April 2013

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Our current newsletter is now available in pdf format here: 

BAPAM Newsletter April 2013

  1. May 18th Training Day, Cardiff University
  2. Research and Education Bursary Fund
  3. Directory of Performing Arts Medicine Specialists and Practitioners
  4. Student Advocate Scheme
  5. Event Reports
  6. Justin Howse
  7. Fran Nevrkla OBE
  8. Staff News
  9. 2013 Review and Improvement Plan
  10. Service Monitoring – How Are We Doing?
  11. Fundraising, Mountain Climbing


Service Monitoring – How Are We Doing?

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Our improved feedback reporting system is already providing valuable insights in the three months since its implementation. Since moving to an anonymous online feedback process, we’ve increased the response rate to 71% of attendees. A brief summary of some of our findings during October to December 2012 follows.

Over 80% of respondents rated our clinicians as excellent (5/5) in all three criteria – the quality of advice given by the clinician, their knowledge and expertise about the specific needs of performing artists, and their manner and attitude.

Looking at the possible outcomes of a BAPAM consultation, it is clear that the majority of clients leave with information about their condition and/or with advice about healthy performance and the ways they can help themselves to get better.

24% of clients were given information about NHS services. In those cases the BAPAM doctor writes to their NHS GP, outlining their findings and suggestions for treatment or referral. 6% of clients received information about and/or referral to a private healthcare service. 19% were referred to another practitioner at BAPAM (e.g. rheumatologist or physiotherapist). Interestingly then, less than a third of those consulting a BAPAM clinician were expected to require input from another health care provider.

One area we aim to improve in 2013 is the average waiting time for a BAPAM assessment. During this three month period 65% of our attendees were seen within 2 weeks of contacting us. Our target is to provide a consultation to every performer who needs one within 2 weeks.

In 2013 we will begin systematic monitoring of longer term outcomes, routinely contacting all clinic attendees 6 months post-consultation. We’re delighted about the positive responses received from people immediately following their BAPAM appointment. Now we want to obtain more detailed information about the impact BAPAM has on improving performing artists’ ability to overcome medical problems, and what happens in the months after they have consulted us.