Posts Tagged ‘Science’

Alexander Technique Research Update

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

If you’re interested in the ergonomics of musicianship then you may remember a previous post where we featured the research of Alison Loram. Alison is a violinist and BAPAM-registered Alexander Technique teacher working with performers. Alison is also a research scientist in the field of musicians health (and biodiversity in domestic gardens), and has published a number of papers.

Exploring the premise that musicians are subject to a wide range of medical and performance-related problems due to physical and psychological demands, Alison’s thesis for her masters in Performing Arts Medicine, which is now published and open access, looked into chronic profession-limiting problems in musicians: Underlying mechanisms and neuroplastic routes to recovery

A related presentation considers the scientific basis of the Alexander Technique, and presents results of experimental research into Alexander teaching methodology: Explaining the Alexander Technique to clinicians and scientists: Psycho-physical re-education – an introduction to cognitive-motor system-level causes of performance-related problems.

BAPAM Training Day November 2015 – Upper Strings

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Our next Training Day will be held in London on Saturday 21st November. The theme of the day is Upper Strings.

Our Performing Arts Medicine Training Days are ideal for healthcare professionals and others engaged in performing arts welfare who want to develop their skills in this fascinating specialism.

We present perspectives from people working in the performing arts as well as the expertise of experienced medical practitioners. This is a great opportunity to make connections and share unique insights.

We’ll be joined by professional and student musicians to demonstrate some of the issues raised in presentations including:   

Physical issues & assessment in upper string players
Dr David Fielding
GP with special interest in Musculoskeletal issues, and former BAPAM clinician.

Playing, performing, teaching
Dr Ursula Benz
Performer; Visiting Professor in Violin at Birmingham Conservatoire; Medical Doctor at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universtät Medical Faculty, Munich

Anatomy in relation to upper strings
Dr Alan Watson
Reader in Anatomy, Cardiff University

Research summary: how performance problems develop and how the Alexander Technique can help overcome them
Dr Alison Loram
Alexander Technique Teacher, BAPAM registered practitioner and violinist

Lunch is included in the ticket price.

The Event takes place at Resource for London, 365 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

Advance booking is essential - Buy tickets here

Cancellations prior to 7 November  will be fully refunded.

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BVA Study Day – Management of the Young Voice

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Sunday, 5th July 2015
Baden Powell House, 65-67 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5JS

AGM: 9.30am – 10.15am
Study Day: 10.30am – 4.45pm

This study day from the British Voice Association will explore the management, training and therapy of the young voice. It will incorporate identifying problems, handling the changing voice and will look at potential routes to therapy where necessary. It will address issues for both female and male adolescent singers as well as children and will extend into the realms of hearing and speech therapy.

Full information and booking:
http://www.britishvoiceassociation.org.uk/events.htm

Speakers Include:

Stuart Barr (chair of the panel) Conductor and Singing Coach
Lesley Cavalli Joint Head of Speech and Language Therapy Services Team Leader for SLT-ENT Related Services, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Nicola Gorb Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist ENT/Voice, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Ruth Hansford Author, BBC Noise Guides
Graham Welch Professor and Chair of Music Education at UCL Institute of Education
Jenevora Williams Singing Teacher
Emma Winscom Singer, Composer and Singing Teacher

 

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