RNCM Health and Wellbeing for Musicians: content and evaluation of new course
This course is part of the Artist Development 1 module, delivered to Year 1 students for the first time in 2016-2017. Sessions, including whole-cohort lectures and small-group workshops and seminars, focus on a range of topics such as anatomy and physiology, behaviour change coping with music performance anxiety, injury prevention, lifestyle, and strategies for effective practice.
The findings of the evaluation will be reported in Raluca Matei’s PhD thesis and in an article in preparation. The evaluation involves a series of questionnaires administered on paper and electronically at baseline, midway and post-course, and focus group interviews. The questionnaires encompass demographics, health-related quality of life (EQ-5D; 15D), positive and negative emotions (PANAS), PRMDs (pain frequency and intensity and perceived exertion via the Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale), perceived stress (PSS), health-promoting behaviours (HPLP II), self-efficacy (SES), work patterns, hearing loss and hearing protection use, as well as perceived knowledge, competency, awareness, responsibility and attitudes towards health and wellbeing.