Health education for musicians: instrumental and vocal music teachers' perspectives
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Introduction to the study
This study is part of a PhD project which is being carried out by Naomi Norton at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, under the supervision of Professor Jane Ginsborg and Dr Alinka Greasley and with financial support from The Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Health education is of increasing concern to the musical world; Performing Arts Medicine is expanding as a medical and research field and the results of research are increasingly being applied throughout the performing arts disciplines. Instrumental/vocal teachers are arguably one of the most important groups of individuals involved in the education of the next generation of musicians, therefore their practices and views relating to health education are of paramount importance. This study therefore aims to explore instrumental and vocal teachers' perspectives regarding health education in music lessons.
The survey will be split into the following sections:
Section 1: Introduction to the study (this section)
Section 2: Demographic information and involvement with music and teaching
Section 3: Experience of performance-related problems
Section 4: Health education in instrumental/vocal music lessons
Section 5: Health education and support for musicians and music educators
Section 6: Survey conclusion
There are no right or wrong answers to any of the questions; the researcher is interested in understanding instrumental and vocal teachers' perspectives regarding health education in music lessons so the more honest you are the greater the reliability of the research. It is hoped that the results of this research will have a positive impact on the provision of health education and support for future generations of musicians. All results will be kept completely confidential and data will be published anonymously.
Questions are mostly multiple or single choice but some questions encourage a more open-ended response; the survey is likely to take between 20 and 40 minutes dependent on the length of your answers to the open-ended questions. You are able to complete the survey in stages by saving your responses and returning to complete the survey later, although you will need to log onto the survey from the same electronic device.
Upon completion of the survey you will be asked if you would be willing to take part in further research and if you would like to be contacted with details of future training events or health education resources; in particular the researcher is organising a teacher training event to take place at the Royal Northern College of Music on Sunday 19th January 2014. There is also a space provided for you to leave any additional comments about the topics covered in this survey, although you are also welcome to email the researcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. You are able to move freely back and forth between pages, and change your answers but please use the Back/Next buttons at the bottom of each page rather than on your web browser (as it will say page expired and entered data will be lost).
2. You are able to leave the survey and return to finish it later if you log on from the same computer.
3. A * next to a question means that an answer is required to progress with the survey. If at any point you prefer not to answer an open-ended question marked with a * please write 'Prefer not to answer' in the text box provided.
Do you currently teach at least one instrumental and/or vocal music lesson per week within the United Kingdom?
No: Thank you for your time, this survey is aimed at exploring the views of instrumental and vocal teachers who are currently teaching. If you would like to be involved in future surveys that may include the views of others involved with music education please email the researcher at email@example.com
Do you consent to the information that you provide being used anonymously as part of this research?
Have you participated in either of the researcher's previous online surveys with instrumental/vocal music teachers?
Instrumental/vocal music teachers' experiences with health education (2012)
Pilot study: health education resources for musicians (2013)