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|Title:||Evaluation of a trial of an e-health promotion course aimed at Australian tertiary music students|
|Publisher:||University of Sydney|
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
|Abstract:||ABSTRACT Playing a musical instrument is an inherently risky occupation. Student musicians face high levels of competition and must practice long hours each day to constantly refine their technique and musical expression. This puts them at high risk of physical and psychological strain. Despite this, student musicians are essentially left to their own devices to manage their health. A review of the literature pertaining to student musicians shows high levels of playing-related injury and poor psychological health. The Australian Learning and Teaching Council has awarded a $220 000 grant to address occupational risk factors for performance-related health shortfalls in Australian musicians. This has been used to develop a web-based health promotion course aimed at tertiary music students, written by experts in the field of performing arts medicine. The aim of this thesis was to evaluate the effectiveness of this course in a group of elite student musicians at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). This was done through the use of 2 questionnaires to evaluate Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PRMDs) and psychological health. Qualitative feedback was also sought from participants. 25 students completed the questionnaires initially. 88% of the participants reported a current PRMD. A significant number of participants also reported moderately or higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress symptoms. Students reported to be in strong favour of institutionalising a health promotion course related to their music performance. Participation in the web course was very low, with only 4 students completing the course. Organisational, timing and accessibility issues were cited as contributing to this. However, it was postulated that these issues relate to a culture of neglect with regard to performance-related physical and mental health. This study has added to the growing body of literature that has identified the need for music institutions to take a proactive and holistic approach to preventing performance related injuries and preparing students physically and mentally for peak musical performance|
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|Type of Work:||Masters Thesis|
|Type of Publication:||Master of Music M.Mus.|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access)|
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