Study Day and Workshop on Music, Well-Being and Mental Health

A Royal Musical Association, British Forum for Ethnomusicology and National Association for Music in Higher Education event

12 and 13 May 2018

Individuals and communities’ well-being and mental health can benefit from musical audition and performance. Conversely, we are increasingly becoming aware of the physical and mental challenges that music professionals from all areas face. These can be further accentuated when considered in a high-pressure environment such as academia. This event proposes to bring together researchers and practitioners to share their research on positive and negative effects of music and music making. It also aims to offer a space to discuss related issues affecting these communities. The workshop will be an opportunity to share and establish strategies to protect and improve their well-being and mental health.

Provisional programme

Saturday 12 May: Study Day


Isobel Clarke – Royal College of Music – The Art of Brexit: the challenges faced by Historically-Informed Performance musicians in post-Brexit Britain

James Williams – University of Derby – Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response – An online phenomenon or a therapeutic reality?: Opening academic discussion(s) on ASMR, and exposing its practical relevance in music composition, performance and listening in the arts, health, wellbeing, and HE sector

Liz Haddon – University of York – Mental health and well-being – university music students and academic supervisors

Anne-Marie Czajkowski – University of Leeds – Mindfulness for conservatoire musician students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Developing the whole musician

Simone Willis – Cardiff Metropolitan University – The relationship between stress and well-being of performing artists

Andrew Lansley – University of Gloucestershire – Mental Health and the HE Musician

William Longden – London Metropolitan University – Inclusive participatory design of bespoke music instruments and auxiliary equipment as emancipatory arts interventions that advocate for equality, personal and social wellbeing


Juan Urdaniz – Universidad de Navarra – Who’s the more foolish? Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether’ as Spanish lyrical theatre

Simone Willis – Cardiff Metropolitan University – The relationship between stress and well-being of performing artists

Liam Barnard – University of Kent – Mental Health Equality Initiatives since 2001

Sunday 13 May: Workshop day

Julio d’Escriván – Mindfulness and yoga for musicians

Raluca Matei – Health education and the conservative conservatoire

Núria Bonet – Strategies for LGBT academics and allies

Enya Doyle – You are not inadequate!: A workshop on mental health and postgraduate study

William Longden (Joy of Sound) – Demonstration Participatory Inclusive Community Music Workshop

The Retreat (York) – Music therapy workshop with former patient from the the Retreat

Roundtable on strategies for well-being and mental health for music practicioners and researchers

You can register for the whole event of for individual days. The event is free for member of the RMABFE, or NAMHE. For non-members, the fee is £20 for both days or £10 for individual days. The fee includes a free lunch and refreshments.