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MU and BAPAM Publish Performance Health: Guide For Instrumental and Vocal Teachers

The guide will assist musicians working in education and teaching to support their students’ health and wellbeing.

Published: 14 February 2023 | 11:23 AM
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Musicians who teach music are often the first person a student will turn to when there is a problem. Image credit: Shutterstock.

Good health and wellbeing of musicians is key to a sustainable career, but three-quarters of musicians have health problems that can impact their creative work, ranging from minor inconveniences to career-limiting conditions. Many of these conditions could be prevented by healthy practice.

Musicians who teach music are often the first person a student will turn to when there is a problem, so the MU and the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) have developed the Performance Health Guide for Instrumental and Vocal Teachers.

The guide will give advice on how to minimise health problems by adopting healthy routines into your own and your students’ practice, regardless of age. It will also help you to recognise potential problems and know when to refer to clinical experts.

Start the conversation about health and well-being.

View the guide

Want to find out more?

Register to join our online webinar with Dr Pippa Wheble and Claire Cordeaux, Director at BAPAM, as they discuss performance health on Tuesday 28 February 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

The guide has been jointly produced by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and the MU. The P.E.R.F.O.R.M.A.N.C.E. mnemonic was developed for BAPAM by Dr Christina Siomos.


BAPAM delivers expert health and wellbeing services for those working in the performing arts across the UK. BAPAM connects those working and studying in the performing arts with clinical specialists in this field, offering free clinical assessments. It ensures that performance professionals receive the best possible information and training to prevent poor health. It also provides care when things go wrong, to support healthy careers and aid recovery from illness or injury.



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