Better Practice

Health promotion in music education and the profession

This strand of Musical Impact examines current approaches to promoting health in a variety of music educational and professional contexts, and aims to develop them so that their use and effectiveness is maximised.

Given the intensive demands of practising and performing and the high incidence of ill-health among musicians, one would expect skilled performers to take appropriate steps to protect their health and prevent injuries. This research builds upon a recent programme of research on the health-promoting behaviours of musicians from a variety of perspectives, including those of students and those who teach them, and explores practical applications to enhance training and support services in music education and the profession.

Better Practice began in September 2014 and will run until the end of August 2017.

Current projects

Members of the Better Practice team are currently working on the projects listed below. Please click on the links along the left-hand side to find out more.

  1. Review of literature on health promotion courses for music students and teachers
  2. Review of literature on interventions aimed at reducing music performance anxiety (MPA) in musicians
  3. Review of literature on interventions aimed at reducing performance-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs) in musicians
  4. Health referrals: music performance students
  5. Hearing loss and hearing protection use in music students
  6. RNCM Health & Wellbeing course for music students: content and evaluation
  7. Health promotion programmes for music students worldwide
  8. Study on physical activity and its effects on performance-related musculo-skeletal disorders (PRMDs) and music performance anxiety (MPA) in instrumental students

Associated projects

2013-2016 Dr Naomi C. Norton: Health promotion in instrumental and vocal music lessons: The teacher’s perspective. Unpublished PhD thesis, Royal Northern College of Music. If you would like to read the whole thesis, please contact Naomi at

2016-2019 Time to face the music:  Addressing health, safety and comfort in future professional musicians (in collaboration with Dr Piers Dawes and colleagues, Department of Audiology, University of Manchester, with funding made available by the Colt Foundation)

Better Practice team

Jane Ginsborg (principal investigator)
Stephen Broad
Raluca Matei

Project Contact




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