The Department offers a range of support, services and educational opportunities to help enhance musicians' health and wellbeing. Click on a section below to find out more.
Across courses and modules, staff members are available to provide informal support to students as well as regular formal tutorials across the year.
There are also specified sessions within curriculum time ensuring that students have access to vital information about how to promote and protect their own health and wellness, as well as that of other musicians:
The Department runs weekly performance classes that are open to all students, teachers, and staff members. This series includes sessions that focus on musicians’ health and wellness. For more information, and to see upcoming performance classes, please visit the performance classes webpage.
Confirmed health and wellness-related sessions in Autumn Term 2019:
Previous health and wellness-related sessions as part of the performance classes series:
Julie Parker is an ILM Level 7 equivalent Accredited Coach (with Distinction) and qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique with over 27 years experience. She has taken the University of York Mental Health First Aid short course. Julie worked for three years as part of primary healthcare in the NHS, and now works with students at the University.
Julie uses strategies for self-management and self-reliance and uses the principles of Alexander Technique, Coaching and Embodied Mindfulness to give students the experience of releasing physical, mental and emotional unhelpful tensions. These can take the form of:
Julie offers the following to students at the University:
The Department has a wellbeing space currently in development at the top of the stairs leading to E/118, E/119 and E/120.
This space is for students to support their wellbeing and is a place where information is provided relating to mental health and where students can take time to support each other.
Student suggestions for improvements to the space are welcome: please contact Mimi O’Neill (firstname.lastname@example.org), Catherine Duncan, Liz Haddon or Dr Naomi Norton.
Most members of staff in the Department have completed a half-day session on mental health first aid.
The people listed below have completed the full two day course equipping them as Mental Health First Aiders:
If you would like to speak to someone from outside the Department who is qualified as a mental health first aider, please visit the Mental Health First Contact Network to find an appropriate person.
The Department implements numerous systems to help freshers integrate smoothly and with as little fear as possible: one way of doing this is the family system. Freshers are placed with two older students (who ‘marry’ each other and become parents) and other freshers who become siblings: through their family students have instant connections in Department and someone to talk to.
Parents become the ‘go to’ people for questions and worries as they will answer questions with empathy and enthusiasm, having previously been in the situation themselves. Another factor of the family system is that the family trees go a long way back, which allows for further connections in Department, often with older students through the hilarity of meeting your ‘Granddad’ or ‘Grandma’!
New students receive an email from the family system manager in September before their course starts and updates are also available via social media platforms. If you have any questions about the family system, please contact Darcy Thorpe (email@example.com).
Quotations from existing members of the family system: