Health promotion in higher music education

Ginsborg, J. and Spahn, C. and Williamon, A. (2012) Health promotion in higher music education. In: Music, Health, and Wellbeing. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 356-366. ISBN 9780199686827

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This chapter considers the potentially deleterious effects on performers of making music. These have been shown to include occupational stress, musculoskeletal disorders, and non-musculoskeletal disorders including performance anxiety. Such problems seem to be attributable, in part, to performers' lifestyles when they were students, according to the findings of research exploring music performance students' attitudes to health, health-promoting lifestyles, self-reported experiences of ill health, and levels of fitness. While many music colleges and university music departments recognize that it is important for health promotion to be prioritized within the curriculum, the chapter argues that the changes in training for musicians should be made from the earliest stages, so that they learn not only to prevent injury and avoid other disorders, but also to enhance their health and wellbeing.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: musicians, health, wellbeing, music making, musical performers
Subjects: Performance Science
Music Psychology
Music Education
Division: Performance Science
Depositing User: Professor Aaron Williamon
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2018 13:37
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 12:57

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