Links to Music and Health

The following links take you to websites about music and wellbeing, staying healthy as a musician and help to enable those affected by injury, illness or disability. If you know of other links that could be added to this list, please comment below.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

RESOURCES AND ADVICE

Looking After Your Hearing – advice by Action on Hearing Loss

Noise at work, regulations, advice by the Health and Safety Executive. Sound Advice for music.

The Power Of Music by Professor Susan Hallam MBE. An executive summary with a comprehensive overview of the benefits of music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. A good ‘evidence of benefit’ resource if you are looking for funding support for a music project. It explores the evidence relating to the impact of musical skills on language development, literacy, numeracy, measures of intelligence, general attainment, creativity, fine motor co-ordination, concentration, self-confidence, emotional sensitivity, social skills, team work, self-discipline, and relaxation. Commissioned by the Music Education Council (MEC) and published by the International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc).

Vocal health for singers – tips and advice by The Vocalist.

Singing is good for you. Article about the benefits of singing and how it can help or support a number of health/ability issues.

Blog site about the benfits of singing – see archives for a variety of blogs about singing/health/transferable skills/posture/breathing. By .

The Voice Foundation focuses on interdicplinary care of the voice – bringing together physicians, scientists, speech-language pathologists, performers, and teachers to share their knowledge and expertise in the care of the professional voice user.

Incorporated Society of Musicians health articles.  To access some information needs membership.

Lots of advice downloads from Musicians Health e.g. musculoskeletal disorders from playing instruments – prevention, risk factors, exercises and lots more.

Music and Wellbeing Resources. Making Music – an organisation to enrich lives and promote wellbeing.

Benefits of Arts Education – Evidence from the US. A blog making the case for music and arts education in schools, giving evidence of the numerous benefits in academic achievement, social skills, motivation aspiration and engagement, thinking skills and habits.

Benefits of music for children are explained in the introduction to a document by Youth Music that talks of the various ways to learn music.

18 Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument This article will provide you with 18 benefits of playing an instrument (in no particular order).

Centre for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music covers psychological and physiological sciences of music focusing on ways in which musicians engage, and can come to engage more effectively, the vast array of physical and mental skills required during practice and performance.

Royal College of Music website on musicians health advice and staying healthy.

Music and Health. This website is “an attempt to put together ideas about piano teaching, to foster an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of piano technique – especially through the study of anatomy, biomechanics and ergonomics – and to provide a resource for information about musicians’ health”. Lots of information.

Music Therapy, job description and training routes.

Resources for SEN/D music making. Drake Music Education ‘Experiences’ is a place for disabled people, and music educators who work with disabled people, to share their experiences of music education in relation to the music curriculum, formal assessment and accreditation.

Body Signing Guidelines for Learners who are Visually Impaired with Additional Complex Needs – the use of cues helps to develop their understanding of communication and their immediate environment.

Music and Mental Health resource information sheet. Page 2 onwards has a directory of organisations supporting mental health with music, and other mental health support. From the TV Community Channel.

Lots of blogs related to music and health on the Youth Music Network.

Arts and Music in Healthcare: An overview of the medical literature: 2004‐2011. Rosalia Staricoff & Stephen Clift. July 2011

Creative Opportunities for Patients Wellbeing – an article about how community arts organisations are an important resource for patients to manage long-term illnesses and help self-esteem.

research@lahf.org.uk contact if you have an arts and health resource you want to share with the National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing.  Here you will find a range of resources and examples showing the ways that creative activity can benefit the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Not feeling so good? Music Jokes to cheer you up:)

Julie’s Bicycle is a site that is concerned with the performing arts and their impact on the environment. It has a section on music and environmental responsibility. “Our global infrastructure – including music – is reliant on fossil fuels and other finite natural resources. It is critical that we revalue, reconfigure and rebalance what we do. The music industry can make a positive difference by transforming the way it does business”. Here’s how – guides for artists, producers, festivals, record labels, orchestras etc.

A Greener Festival is a not-for-profit company committed to helping music and arts events and festivals around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices.

ORGANISATIONS SUPPORTING MUSIC AND HEALTH

A directory of over 400 organisations related to music and health, registered with Arts Health and Wellbeing. Search by UK region, art form and/or activity.

Music and Change works with mental health, music and young offenders. One in three young offenders has an unmet mental health need at the time of their offence.

Musicians Health has lots of links to organisations that support musicians and their health.

The British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) is the professional body for music therapists and a source of information, support and involvement for the general public. Music therapy is an established clinical discipline which is widely used to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability. The title music therapist can only be used by those registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Arts & Health South West is a key regional information, support and advocacy organisation for people who believe in the value of creativity in enhancing people’s health and wellbeing. They circulate regional and national work/commissioning opportunities via a monthly enews bulletin. AHSW membership is free and open to all, to sign up and receive the enews visit the website and upload your details.

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine: Free medical assessments plus health care info for full/part-time pro & student performing artists & crew. Twitter: @ukbapam

Foundations for Excellence is the home for information, guidance and sign-posting in the area of health and wellbeing for young musicians and dancers. Based in Exeter.

OPUS Music CIC specialises in music-making in healthcare settings. They offer a Music in Healthcare Settings training programme.

Live Music Now believes that involvement in high quality live music brings life-changing benefits. Their work is dedicated to increasing access to such experiences for those who would otherwise be excluded through disability, disadvantage, ill-health, poverty, social isolation or imprisonment.

  • Special needs particularly children – Live Music supports the development of self-esteem, creativity, learning and social skills for those with learning difficulties or physical disability.
  • Wellbeing particularly older people – Live music stimulates and engages older people, providing opportunities for social interaction and physical movement, and triggers memories for all, including those living with dementia.

The Dalcroze Society In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, virtually every musical concept is taught and experienced through movement of all parts of the body.

MUSIC AND INJURY/ILLNESS/DISABILITY

Ableize – Disabled music by and for people with disabilities. Comprehensive site with lots of links to organisations that support disability, not just about music – all sorts of help. See website map for all subjects covered. Excellent resource.

Amber Trust Amber’s vision is to give blind or partially-sighted children the best possible chance to fulfil their musical aspirations. They give grants to help individual young people do this – see below in the funding section (or click here).

Disability Arts Online is a journal for disabled bloggers, creatives and performers to share work and experience. It has lots resources e.g. a comprehensive disability directory of Artists, Organisations and On The Web support. Twitter: @disabilityarts

Teacher Guide to Music and Dyslexia A free download from Rhinegold publishing, in collaboration with the British Dyslexia Association. A series of articles from leading experts on the subject, offering insights and ideas.

Chase Park Music Festival. A Rock and Roll festival experience for people of all ages and abilities. Clients from Chase Park Neuro Centre help plan, promote and participate in the festival as part of their therapy and social programmes. Clients and staff worked along with professional bodies such UK’s leading Music Development Agency Generator, the Art’s Council England and other 3rd sector partners to produce a high calibre event with a stellar line up of disabled artists and emerging north-east talent. Twitter: @ChaseParkFest

Action on Hearing Loss The largest charity in the UK working with hearing loss and hearing health. Twitter: @ActionOnHearing

Nordoff Robbins is a national music charity dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK. They use music therapy and other music services to help a range of people with a range of challenges such as autism, dementia, mental health problems, stroke, brain injury, depression and life-threatening or terminal illnesses, such as cancer. They offer training for a Masters degree in Music Therapy.

Drake Music breaks down disabling barriers to music through innovative approaches to teaching, learning and making music. They are pioneers for disabled peoples’ use of technology to nurture creativity and explore music. Their vision is a world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities as non-disabled people, and a culture of integrated music-making, where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals. Useful blogs.

A Rough Guide to Assistive Music Technology is a very useful blog for those working in Special Educational Needs and Disabled (SEN/D) settings.

Epilepsy Music Raising awareness of epilepsy, disability & mental health issues within the music industry & the arts. Fundraise, network, share your experiences. Twitter only.

Association of Blind Piano Tuners website contains information about everything related to pianos, from history, makers, movers, teachers, tuners and more.

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry to implement a Charter of Best Practice across the UK. Other resources online. Twitter: @attitudetweets

Fresh Tracks runs DJ workshops for people with learning disabilities. Twitter: @FreshtrackDJ

Music therapy can help cancer patients. Article on positive outcomes when using music making and music video production on patients being able to cope better when undergoing cancer treatment.

British Tinnitus Association is the only UK charity solely dedicated to supporting those who experience tinnitus. Twitter: @BritishTinnitus

British Wireless for the Blind Fund provides easy to use audio equipment which has been specially designed & adapted for listeners living with sight loss. Twitter: @BritishWireless

The Heroes Project ‏ A Learning Disability Arts development org providing Music & Radio experiences plus exciting Club Nights for people with a learning disability. Twitter: @HeroesProjectUK

Music in Hospitals. MiH aims to improve the quality of life for ill and disabled people through the therapeutic benefits of live music in healthcare. Twitter: @musicinhospital

The Hospital Broadcasting Association is the national charity that supports and promotes Hospital Broadcasting in the UK.

FUNDING SUPPORT FOR ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS

Amber Music Awards The Amber Trust was set up to help all blind and partially sighted children (up to the age of 18) – including those with additional disabilities – to access and enjoy music. Amber Music Awards exist to provide financial grants to individual children and young people in support of this vision. They have 3 funding rounds per year. They support:

  • Music lessons
  • Music therapy sessions
  • The purchase of musical instruments
  • The purchase of specialist software or other technology
  • The purchase of concert tickets
  • Travel to attend musical events

Musicians Benevolent Fund – The Musicians Benevolent Fund provides funding through a range of awards schemes to help musicians when illness, accident, or old age brings stress and financial burdens.

Extra help for students. You might qualify for extra help on top of your main student finance package. Use the student finance calculator to see what extra help you can get. Numerous funds are targeted at: Students on a low-income, Students with children or dependant adults, Disabled students, Medical/social work/teacher training students.

Jessie’s Fund A small charity helping children with additional and complex needs through the use of music. The majority of their larger grants to organisations tend to be between £2,000 and £7,000. Grants to individuals are usually no more than £500, with a priority to help children with more complex needs or life-limiting conditions.

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