Study Day: What should musicians’ health education sound like? 24 September, Manchester

What should musicians’ health education sound like? The floor is yours!

Study Day/Workshop funded by the RMA & Realab

Monday, 24 September 2018 | 11.30 AM

Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, UK


The physical and psychological demands of the training and practice that musicians must achieve to perform to a high standard can produce deleterious effects on their health and wellbeing. However, music conservatoires still endorse practices that are informed by tradition more than evidence, while health literacy and critical thinking are still not embedded in music students’ core training. Finally, there are no guidelines or regulations regarding what conservatoires should provide in terms of health education. We want to address that AND we need your help!

We have prepared comprehensive lists of topics and we shall discuss their relevance and priority in small groups. Additionally, we will brainstorm ideas about what other topics might be needed as part of the conservatoires’ curricula.

Places are free, but limited, so please register soon! We welcome people from the following specialisms:

  • Psychologists (both researchers and practitioners, from any specialism and not restricted to those who work with musicians)
  • Musicians (conservatoire students, music teachers and performers)
  • Specialists in sports sciences
  • Specialists in medical education and health literacy
  • Health professionals working with musicians, dancers and athletes
  • Philosophers (yes, yes! We’d also like to discuss cognitive biases and logical fallacies!)
  • Cognitive scientists
  • Specialists in music education
  • PhD students in any of the topics above

This event is part of a series of four (the same workshop repeated four times). Please register your interest here: We shall confirm your place via email.

For any queries, please contact the organisers: Raluca Matei, AHRC-funded PhD student in music psychology: | +44 757 061 2760 OR Keith Phillips, PhD student in music psychology:

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