Achieving Successful Online Delivery of Musicians' Performance Health Education

Suzanne Wijsman, Bronwen J Ackermann

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Research into the occupational health of music students has shown that up to 25% of music students who enter tertiary music schools already have some kind of playing-related musculoskeletal injury, and 70% of these face the likelihood of sustaining an injury so severe that it will impede their ability to perform. Implementing health education is challenging in an industry where it is not seen as a priority, despite the well-established effects of ill health throughout the careers of musicians. Music teachers, educational institutions and healthcare professionals all play a crucial intermediary role in changing attitudes towards prioritising performance health for student musicians, yet they often do not have access to the information or tools required. Sound Performers, an online course focused on healthy music performance and practice has been developed with the support of an OLT large grant to meet the need for a widely accessible educational resource. The internet platform of this expert-designed resource has the power to promote awareness of healthy performance among music students, educators and healthcare professionals inexpensively and on a wide scale. This presentation discussed the development process, outcomes, challenges and opportunities in creating a sustainable online course for the effective online provision of educational information on healthy music performance and practice. It presented results of research conducted with Australian university-aged music students doing a pilot version of the course to assess levels of self-responsibility and self-efficacy in student learning in relation to the acquisition of performance-health information.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2017
EventTeaching and Learning Forum 2016 - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Duration: 2 Feb 20162 Feb 2016
Conference number: 25


ConferenceTeaching and Learning Forum 2016
Abbreviated titleWAND
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