Over four years (2013-17), Musical Impact will work to enhance the health and wellbeing of musicians studying and working in Britain.
Few pursuits are as dynamic and enjoyable as making music. Physical and mental wellbeing can shape how musicians pursue their art and the pleasure they take from it. The results of recent research, however, suggest that pain and ill health are widespread among musicians and that healthy approaches to training and working in music are far from uniform throughout the profession.
Musical Impact will generate new knowledge of the physical and mental demands of music making, contribute new insight into chronic and acute health problems and their impact over time, and examine effective strategies for health promotion.
The research has three core strands:
Fit to Perform
A longitudinal study of physical and mental fitness for performance
The physical and mental demands of practising and performing
Health promotion in music education and the profession