Posts Tagged ‘Students’

Health Education in the Arts Survey

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Researcher, Lisa Brachfeld, from the MSc Performing Arts Medicine programme at University College London, invites musicians, dancers, actors, and singers who are professionals or students/teachers at accredited conservatoires to participate in a new study of health education in the performing arts. The aim is to prove that performers could benefit from more health and injury prevention education. Learning about attitudes towards this subject will help to improve the effectiveness of education curriculums.

Take the survey here

Student Advocate Scheme 2014 Training Day Report

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The second BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Training Day and Conference took place on Monday 9th June 2014 at the Musicians’ Union offices in London with 29 delegates attending from 8 different performing arts institutions. Representatives from BAPAM, the Musicians’ Union,  Help Musicians UK, Dance UK and Musical Impact also attended.

The programme for the day included lecture sessions about the history and progress of the Student Advocate Scheme and a number of workshop sessions giving delegates the opportunity to discuss various aspects of the scheme and how it could be adapted to work at their institution. The current advocates from the University of Leeds, Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama spoke about their experiences as student advocates, offering a valuable opportunity for potential new advocates and supervisors to ask questions.

Following the success of the day, a further 6 institutions are interested in joining the scheme during the coming academic year: The University of York, Anglia Ruskin University, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Royal College of Music, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.

Please see the below report from SAS Manager Naomi Norton, who can be contacted using the address naomi.norton@bapam.org.uk.

BAPAM Student Advoate Scheme Training Day Report 2014

BAPAM Newsletter January 2014

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Throughout the last year, increasing numbers of professional and student performers sought our expert advice, while we also focused on review and improvement of our essential services. In 2014 we look forward to helping many more performers and strengthening our partnerships throughout the interlinked worlds of performing arts health and welfare, education and employment.

Read our January 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

Contents: 

Music Student Health Scheme Re-launch

Drama UK and Spotlight Articles

Fundraising Concert

Performers in their Environment: Training Day Report

Dr Sion Edwards joins our Cardiff Team

BAPAM Scotland

Deborah Charnock Confirmed as BAPAM’s Chief Executive

Get Involved!

 

Training Event for Music Teachers – Promoting Health and Well-Being in Music Lessons

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

10.00 – 17.00, Sunday 19th January 2014
Royal Northern College of Music

 

Naomi Norton, BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Manager and PhD student at the Royal Northern College of Music, would like to invite you to attend a training event to be held at the RNCM on Sunday 19th January 2014.

This event is open to all musicians and other interested parties, although sessions will focus on the music lesson environment and therefore are likely to be most relevant to instrumental and vocal teachers (all ages, instruments and genres).

Attendance at the event costs only £28, with a further £3 discount available to any individuals who have participated in Naomi’s previous research study (available here).

Registration for the event will open at 9.30am and sessions will run from 10.00 – 16.00 on Sunday 19th January 2014; optional focus group discussions will take place following the event from 16.15 – 17.00

To book your place please contact Naomi Norton by email naomi.norton@student.rncm.ac.uk

More information is available via the RNCM Box Office.

The day aims to provide practical information regarding how to avoid or manage performance-related problems and how to pass this information on to instrumental/vocal pupils.

Sessions:

Performance-related problems Drusilla Redman
Health support Deborah Charnock
String Specialist Christine Harrison
Performance Anxiety Carol Chapman
Psycho-Physical Re-Education Alison Loram
Vocal Specialist Ian MacDonald
Wind and Brass Specialist Andrew Roberts
Performance Coaching Karen O’Connor
Focus group sessions Volunteer delegates and speakers

See RNCM Box Office page for speaker biographies

Event Sponsors: The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, Ton Kooiman, Mundo Music Gear, The Pegmate

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been organised by Naomi as part of her research therefore all sessions will be recorded and attendees will be treated as research participants and required to sign a consent form at registration on the day; all data collected at the event will be kept confidential and published anonymously. The research elements of the day have received approval from the RNCM Research Ethics Committee.

Healthy Performance – Training and Health Care for Successful Acting Careers

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

We’ve contributed an article to Drama UK, the standards and advocacy organisation for drama schools in the UK. You can read the article here: Healthy Performance – Training and Health Care for Successful Acting Careers

Let us know what you think – do you agree ‘occupational health’ should be a core component of actors’ (and all performers’) training?

Acting UP

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Incoming acting students, come and meet us at Acting UP at The Actors Centre on September 27th. A great opportunity to glean essential knowledge for working in the industry and of course looking after yourself and staying healthy in a very demanding job!

 

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

Event Report: Student Advocate Scheme Conference and Training Day 2013

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

On 19th June, 2013, we held the inaugural BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Conference and Training Day with 24 delegates from the University of Leeds, Birmingham Conservatoire, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, London Studio Centre and Dance UK).

With further input from the BAPAM team and a number of expert clinicians, the variety of interests and experience in the room ensured a stimulating and productive day. There was a lot of ground to cover in a short time. A career as a professional performing artist can be mentally and physically demanding. The Student Advocate Scheme is an adaptable, highly effective way to engage performance students, department staff and education institutions in the promotion of healthy practice as a core component of performing arts education, and of coordinating information provision and local networks.

During the conference and training day, we looked at how the scheme has worked so far at the University of Leeds, some background in performers’ health, adapting the scheme to work at different institutions, key roles, BAPAM’s service provision, and strategies for the future.

Student Advocate Scheme Manager, Naomi Norton’s detailed report follows:

BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Conference and Training Day 2013 Report 

 

 

 

 

Event Report – British Psychological Society Annual Conference

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Naomi Norton, BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Manager and postgraduate RNCM student, attended the British Psychological Society Annual Conference to give presentations on health promotion and student health in universities. Further information can be read here:

Investigating the Health of Musicians Studying at University

Instrumental and Vocal Teachers as Health Promotion Advocates

BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Poster

You can also contact Naomi directly for further information: naomi.norton@bapam.org.uk

BAPAM was pleased to support Naomi’s attendance at the conference through our Research and Education Bursary Fund.

British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Harrogate International Centre

9th – 11th April 2013

The British Psychological Society (BPS) Annual Conference was held at the Harrogate International Centre this year, just up the road from my home town of Leeds. Having attended the conference as a poster presenter last year I plucked up the courage to enter myself again this year and was rewarded with both a poster presentation and an oral presentation; more on that later. One of the most interesting aspects of the BPS conference is the diversity of topics and delegates; this year was no exception with presentations either in the general category or relating to the three key conference themes:

The typical and atypical mind across the lifespan

Education, ethics and professional practice dilemmas in psychology

The nature and diversity of social cohesion and attachment

Peter Banister, the BPS President for 2012-13, welcomed delegates from the UK and beyond and extended the appropriate thanks to all involved in organising and supporting the conference. He also introduced the delegates to some of Harrogate and the North Riding of Yorkshire’s history, including the shocking (but not proven) news that Yorkshire Pudding may not actually have originated in Yorkshire! The conference boasted 5 high profile keynote presentations, hundreds of delegates, oral and poster presentations, workshops, and symposiums, a student members’ stream, awards ceremonies, film screening and discussion opportunities, networking (always a favourite), exhibitions and social events around Harrogate.

Professor Peter Fonagy kick-started the conference with an insight into modern psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theory and the impact that research can have on practice through initiatives such as the Children and Young People’s project. In addition to introducing this project he also outlined some fascinating research regarding pedagogy and teacher effectiveness; the key ingredients for effectiveness that he highlighted (awareness of learning intentions, knowing when a student is successful, understanding the students’ understanding, knowing enough about lesson content, and retaining passion that reflects the thrills and frustration of learning) are something that teachers of all varieties could learn from. The other keynote presentations comprised a useful update on working memory and the effect it can have on children’s learning (Professor Susan Gathercole), an amusing insight into our social groups from Professor Robin Dunbar entitled ‘Why Facebook won’t get you any more friends’, a revisit of some of the classic psychological studies that we thought we all knew about (Professor Alex Haslam) and an exploration of research and learning ethics from Dr Karen Kitchener.

The sports and exercise psychologists were once again well represented and I duly trotted along to most of their presentations to fly the musical flag and explore whether there really are similarities between performing artists and athletes. The most enjoyable exercise related session was led by Dr Dance (aka Dr Peter Lovatt) who runs the Dance Psychology Lab at the University of Hertfordshire. Dr Dance introduced us to some of the research that takes place at the lab including how dance helps you solve problems, how to dance to attract a mate and how physical symmetry affects our dancing. This presentation included live demonstrations and a lot of audience involvement… a great example of how to engage your audience and the perfect way to round off the day and get us in the mood for the evenings’ entertainment! However the presentation that got me nodding along the most and marveling at the parallels between musicians and dancers was Jessica Brainch’s (Cardiff Metropolitan University) presentation entitled ‘Stressors, Appraisals and Coping during Injury Onset: A Qualitative Study’. Having already had an interesting chat with Jessica regarding my poster presentation and the similarities between musicians and athletes it was great to hear about her research and gather some ideas from the sporting world for how we could understand and support injured musicians and reduce the impact of performance-related problems on lifestyle and wellbeing.

My poster outlining research that supports the BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme was well received and sparked interest in musicians’ performance-related difficulties and how the musical world is working to prevent and manage them. My oral presentation that followed immediately after the poster session (imagine me running from one end of conference venue to the other) was entitled Instrumental and Vocal Teachers as Health Promotion Advocates. I had been grouped with three other presentations relating to health and wellbeing which resulted in an open-minded and receptive audience; much appreciated for my first major conference presentation. Despite shivering under the air conditioning (on the plus side it disguised the nervous shakes; refer to BAPAM performance anxiety specialist!) I greatly enjoyed the presenting experience and look forward being able to disseminate my research findings at future conferences. It was gratifying and encouraging to be approached by a number of sports and exercise psychologists following my poster and oral presentation; to many psychologists at this conference, music psychology (in particular research regarding musicians’ health and wellbeing) seems to be relatively unheard of. However the interest and understanding that was shown bodes well for the future.

BAPAM Newsletter December 2012

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Our December 2012 newsletter is now available in pdf format here: BAPAM Newsletter December 2012

Our mission, giving free medical advice to performers, promoting healthy performing arts practice and education and fostering excellence among specialist Performing Arts Medicine health practitioners, has certainly kept us busy. This newsletter covers:

  1. Student Advocate Scheme – Health promotion in universities
  2. MSc / Diploma in Performing Arts Medicine update – Performing Arts Medicine at UCL
  3. Musical Athletes, PAMA and PAMI – Events in 2012
  4. Personnel changes at BAPAM
  5. Funding update
  6. Performer involvement
  7. Fundraising

Read the full newsletter here.