Posts Tagged ‘Tuition’

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

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.


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.

BAPAM Enhancing Performance Workshop, University of Leeds

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Katherine Lambeth, BAPAM Student Advocate at the University of Leeds Music School, reports on the Enhancing Performance Workshop which she organised at the Music School on 4th November 2012. Sessions were led by Professor Howard Bird (Rheumatologist and BAPAM Clinician), Virginia Whiteley (Physiotherapist) and Alison Loram (Alexander Technique Teacher).

Event Summary

The workshop was comprised of four sessions; I have provided a short summary about each session below along with number of attendees. In addition to these sessions I made the students aware of the Musicians Benevolent Fund Student Health Scheme and provided flyers about both this and BAPAM.

Introduction to Soft Tissue Massage: presented by Virginia Whiteley with 18 attendees

This session involved students pairing up and being taught how to find pressure points and knots in common areas of discomfort for musicians.  We were also taught how to massage these points once found and what to feel for in order to identify problem zones.

Introduction to Pilates: presented by Virginia Whiteley with 20 attendees

Each student was provided with various pieces of equipment and some of the basics of Pilates were introduced, including an explanation of how it can help musicians to prevent injury.  We were taught the basic standing positions and what to feel for, followed by a few exercises to help specific areas of the body.

Alexander Technique Presentation: presented by Alison Loram with 16 attendees

Alison presented a talk on the Alexander Technique that explained the origins of and theory behind the discipline.  She also discussed her current research into Musicians’ Health problems, particularly in violinists and violists.

RSI Presentation: presented by Howard Bird with 9 attendees

In this presentation Howard discussed what RSI involves, its most common forms and how it may be caused.

Feedback Form ‘Results’

The feedback forms asked students to comment on five areas of interest:

–  Overall impression of the day with general comments

–  Why they attended

–  Improvements on the sessions/organisation of the day

–  Anything new they’d like to see in the future

–  Would they attend another day

Responses to the first and last areas were unanimous with every student answering that they had greatly enjoyed the workshop day and that they would attend another.  The more practical ‘hands-on’ sessions generated a lot of positive responses with a quarter of respondents stating that it was specifically for this that they would attend again.  Over half of the students answered that they attended the workshop as they already had health problems that they want to deal with.  Just under half had a general interest in the activities, with some people attending for specific sessions, hence the changing numbers between sessions.  It was commented on that the variety of topics covered was appealing.

The students were very forthcoming with ideas for future workshops.  The most common responses were that they wanted more activity-based sessions, and fewer run as lectures.  Over 80% of students specified that they now wanted to have an active Alexander Technique session to get an idea of how the discipline works physically.  Multiple attendees commented that they would like to have sessions focussed on either specific parts of the body or specific instruments/instrument groups.  Several also wrote that they would like to learn about good practice and attend a one to one clinic.

In terms of logistical arrangements the day ran relatively smoothly.  Were the event to happen again, which it hopefully will, I would advise the following:

–  Ensure room bookings are made well in advance

–  Find out in advance if the main entrance to the department will be open or not

–  Provide Guest Speakers with maps of the University so they can find Music

–  Check that the projector/ any equipment required works before the day itself

Action on Feedback

In response to the feedback provided after the Workshop Day I have set up, or made enquiries about, several sessions for the new semester.  We have scheduled in the next Health Clinic already, where students can take their instrument to be seen one to one by the practitioner.  I have begun discussions with Alison Loram about running an active Alexander Technique session and have also written to Andrew Roberts (woodwind) and Ian MacDonald (BAPAM Vocal Health Advisor and Voice Coach) about running instrument specific workshops with students.  Dr Jonathan White (BAPAM Clinician) has agreed to present on healthy exam practice before the final performance exams of the year begin and I am working on getting in touch with a specialist in Performance Anxiety.  Although this was not written in the feedback from this day, I know that it affects a great number of students and will be beneficial to them as much as the aforementioned sessions will be.

Foundations for Excellence Conference 2013

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Foundations for Excellence provide information, guidance and sign-posting in the area of health and wellbeing for young musicians and dancers. In February 2013 they hold their third biennial conference at Dartington Hall in Devon, focused on nurturing and supporting talented young dancers and musicians.

Sessions will be looking at ‘Environments & Models’ to include:

Talent Development
Training the Rebel
Audition Preparation and Performance
International work in Health & Wellbeing
International Alternative Models for Education
Young Person and Emerging Artist Forum
Impact and Importance of the Learning Environment

Speakers include Prof. Dave Collins, Evelyne Allmeindinger, Gary Galbraith, Margo Rijven, Dr. Emma Redding, Rachel Rist, and Dr. Aaron Williamon.

The conference is FREE but spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, therefore advanced booking is essential. Booking deadline is Friday 8th February 2013.

Click here for all the information and to book a place.

Alexander Technique with Dorothea Magonet

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Dorethea Magonet, an Alexander Technique teacher on our Directory of Practitioners who works with many music students and performing artists, has just launched her new web site:

Dorothea offers free consultations and low fee lessons for performing artists who are BAPAM clients. To find out how to arrange this, register with us by calling the clinic on 020 7404 8444.

Autogenic Training Sessions with Giovanna Reitano

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Giovanna Reitano is starting a series of AT classes at BAPAM in London. She sent us the following information about the course, which is tailored specifically for actors, dancers, musicians, singers and all other performing artists:

Enhance your Performance with Autogenic Training

. Learn to Cope with Stress & Relax

. Relieve Muscular & Emotional Tensions

. Reduce Performance Anxiety

. Enhance Concentration & Self Confidence

. Feel Positive & Energized

Autogenic Training Sessions and Courses

The autogenic sessions aim to give artists, professionals and students, the skills for enhancing their performance using their artistic craft in the most effective way.  AT helps to prevent and reduce performance anxiety and stress-related discomforts. It also enhances mental clarity, concentration and self-confidence.

The course consists of learning and practicing the autogenic standard exercises which allow the release of physical and emotional tension. By stimulating the body’s self-regulatory system AT fosters a progressive muscular and mental relaxation and supports the healthy functioning of the body’s systems, such as the circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal and metabolic.

The autogenic practice allows you to bring your body into a state of ‘awake’ relaxation whenever and wherever needed.  In this way your body becomes more energized and you can use physical and mental energy in the most effective way.

By the end of the course you will have developed a calmer attitude when dealing with the negative effects of stress; learned to feel more in control and present – relaxed but awake; as well as focused and energised before, during and after a performance. Individual or small group sessions are available.

Please, read more on AT at

With: Giovanna Reitano

Date:  Individual sessions are by appointment.

Small groups sessions: Evenings (Monday-Thursday) 5:30-6:30 or 6:30-7:30

AT Courses start the first week of each month and include 6 sessions (on weekly basis).

The cost for the 6 week AT course is of £ 140 (£ 110 for students).

Venue: BAPAM

To book an Autogenic Training session or a 6 week course with Giovanna please contact Clare at Bapam:

Tel. 020 7404 8444 (Monday-Friday 9 am – 5pm)

Autogenic Training – an Introduction for Performing Artists

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Autogenic Training (also called Autogenic Therapy) is a relaxation technique that can help improve stress management and increase wellbeing. Individuals learn the technique over a course of (usually 8 – 10) classes. It is a complementary therapy that is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment for a variety of health problems, especially where stress is involved.

At our clinics, BAPAM doctors give medical advice to many performers with musculoskeletal injuries (temporarily) preventing their ability to pursue their careers/education. In addition to the physical problem, there is a psychological impact. Being injured is stressful! AT is one way of reducing the stress and tension which can exacerbate the effects of physical injury.

AT can be particularly useful for all forms of anxiety, including performance anxiety (stage fright), and panic attacks. The relaxed state induced by autogenic exercises restores regular heartbeats, normal breathing patterns, and increases concentration clarity and alertness. People report feeling more confident and energised.

Tammy Mindell, an Autogenic Therapist listed on BAPAM’s directory of practitioners, says, ‘a semi-professional singer learnt AT for other stress related issues. As an unexpected bonus, she found her singing greatly improved. She became less anxious about good performance, allowing herself to be good enough. The results meant that rather than over breathing and pushing the sound, I could relax and allow and enjoy a much easier and better quality performance’.

In some cases, advanced autogenic techniques may be used as a form of psychotherapy.

Useful links:

The British Autogenic Society is the professional and regulatory body for Autogenic Therapists in the UK. Their web site contains a wealth of further information about autogenic training.

Autogenic Therapists on the BAPAM Directory of Practitioners:

Tammy Mindel:
Giovanna Reitano:
Catalina Botello:

If you are worried about a medical problem, including anxiety or another psychological problem, you should consult your GP. If you are a performing artist and the problem is work-related you may also seek advice from a BAPAM GP at one of our free clinics.

One Day Singing Workshops in London

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

These one day performance workshops for singers at both good amateur and professional level, who wish to improve their existing vocal and performance skills, provide a stimulating and creative environment in which to explore solo and group work. Highly Recommended!

Ian MacDonald is a singer and specialist voice coach for BAPAM.

VoiceSkills; an Ian MacDonald and Sef Hill collaboration.

See website for full details and how to book:

The Classical Voice

The Lady Chapel, St Peter’s Church, Kennington Lane SE11 5HY – 0790 4691850

10am – 5pm, Saturday, 18th September 2010 – Booking NOW!

10am – 5pm, Saturday, 15th January 2011

10am – 5pm, Saturday, 16th April 2011

The Musical Theatre Voice

The Concert Artistes’ Association, 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP – 0790 469 1850

10am – 5pm, Sunday, 10th October 2010 – Booking NOW!

10am – 5pm, Sunday, 23rd January 2011

10am – 5pm, Sunday, 10th April 2011

Alexander Technique with Hilary King

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

All performing artists can benefit from improving their posture, poise and wellbeing. Hilary King, an Alexander Technique teacher working with  actors, dancers and musicians has organised this introductory workshop and short  course, starting on 18th September:

Introductory Workshop and Short Course

In Aid of UNICEF Pakistan Flood Children’s Appeal

£25 Minimum ~ Workshop Fees will be Donated & Added to by Gift Aid

Saturday 18 September ~ 2.0pm – 4.30pm

Small Group max 6 ~ so it is essential to enrol in advance

As the group is small, you will be able to experience some individual hands-on work with an experienced teacher.

  • Experiential Games
  • Demonstrations and Discussion
  • Hands-on Work
  • Refreshments Organic / Fairtrade

You will be asked to lie on the floor and to take your shoes off.  Please wear loose trousers and comfortable clothing without hoodies.

Reduced rate 1:1 Follow-up Lesson is available to participants

Short Introductory Course ~ £60

Linked to the UNICEF Workshop, which could also form the first session of this

4 week Introductory Course:

Saturdays (18), 25 September, 2, 9 October ~ 2.0 – 4.0pm

A separate fee is required for the extra 3 sessions, which are not part of the fund-raising.

Book Workshop & Course Together ~ £75

(£25 still goes to UNICEF)

This course offers you a cost-effective way to extend your learning of the Technique and is only available to participants of the UNICEF Workshop or a previous Intro Workshop.

Further Information and Booking:

Book Workshop & Course Together ~ £75

(£25 still goes to UNICEF)

Playing(Less)Hurt: Free Seminar

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Want free advice on injury prevention and hearing protection from a world class musician?

Janet Horvath, the associate principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra, author of  the book, Playing (Less) Hurt -An Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians, and long time member of the Performing Arts Medical Association, contacted BAPAM to tell us about her imminent Playing(Less)Hurt seminar.

The Minnesota Orchestra is performing at the Proms and while in London, Janet will be giving one of her seminars on injury prevention and hearing protection.

The workshop will take place at  the Westminster Reference Library of the Performing Arts on Friday August 27th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, 35 St Martins St. London WC2H 7HP (Leicester Square Tube).
The seminar is pertinent to all instrumentalists in any genre and at any level, and the teachers and health professionals who work with them.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information please see Janet Horvath’s website.

BAPAM at The Larkin Hedge School

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Sanchita Farruque, who runs BAPAM’s health education service for students, professional performers and teachers, will be in Dublin at the 2nd annual Larkin Hedge School event, on Saturday June 12th 2010. She’ll be running through pre-performance warm-up sessions, and talking about healthy practise and performance. Sanchita will be available during the day to answer questions about all health issues affecting performers from RSI to stage fright.

The Larkin Hedge School is a celebration of music, song and poetry run by the Clé Club, a traditional music and singing club based in the Cois Life Bar, Liberty Hall, Dublin.

Larkin Hedge School programme 2010