Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:06

Invitation to participate in musicians' health study

Written by  Naomi Norton

This guest blog is written by Naomi Norton, a PHD student at the Royal Northern College of Music who is conducting some research into health issues faced by musicians.  These sorts of studies are extremely useful in gathering information that can be put to practical and beneficial use, in many different situations and for many different people.  

The majority of Naomi's respondents to date are from the classical field, so here she explains her work in more detail and invites members of the jazz teaching community to contribute to her study.

My name is Naomi Norton; I am a PhD student at the Royal Northern College of Music and I would like to invite you to participate in my research.

A significant number of musicians from all genres of music are affected by performance-related problems, the majority of which are preventable provided that appropriate education and support are available.  Performing arts medicine specialists are turning to music teachers as potential advocates for health promotion; the survey study that I am inviting you to participate in aims to explore instrumental/vocal music teachers’ perspectives on this subject.

Participation in this study involves completing an online survey with 50 questions (mainly multiple or single choice, although some require an open-ended response).  Completion of the survey is likely to take between 20 and 40 minutes and you can complete the survey in stages; previous participants have reported that they found the questions interesting and thought-provoking.  Participation is voluntary, all results will be kept confidential and data will be published anonymously.

The current sample of teachers is heavily biased towards the classical genre therefore I am particularly keen to boost the number of jazz musicians in order to present a more balanced sample of results.  If you are able and willing to participate, the survey can be accessed via the following link:

There are also very few occasions where musicians can receive information and practical advice from health care professionals and musicians who are experienced and knowledgeable about performing arts medicine and health education.  If participation in this survey piques your interest in the subject, or if you are already active in this area, then you may like to attend the training event that I have organised to facilitate the distribution of relevant information to musicians and to contribute to the development of a community that is interested in supporting the health of musicians.

This event will take place from 10.00 – 17.00 on Sunday 19th January 2014 and will include sessions on a range of subjects given by highly experienced and knowledgeable speakers from the musical and performing arts worlds.

For more details please see the RNCM Box Office Event Page (, however you must contact me prior to booking in order to obtain a copy of the delegate information sheet and consent form.

If you have any questions, please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Many thanks,

Naomi Norton

PhD Candidate, Royal Northern College of Music BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Manager