Mental Health and the HE Musician

Lansley, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0002-8810-4263 (2018) Mental Health and the HE Musician. In: RMA Study Day & Workshop on Music, Well-Being &/ Mental Health, 11-12 May 2018, York St Johns. (Unpublished)

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The high-pressure environment of academia presents many challenges to the modern learner, with the creative and collaborative ecosystem of music providing a number of additional obstacles for those suffering with mental health issues. As such, designing and establishing pedagogic strategies that directly address the diverse and challenging range of mental health and well-being issues which young people face has become an increasingly critical consideration of contemporary practice. The 2017 NMC Horizon report identified Mobile Learning as a key adoption of HE learners, with next generation Learning Management Systems (LMS) launching within the next two to three years, which suggests that emerging technologies can offer the tools to provide tailored variations of learning materials that put the student first in how they choose to interact with any given curriculum. Following a year-long development of teaching materials with six autistic students that made use of the dynamic environment of an LMS and role mobile devices play in allowing students to access materials we can begin to nurture a virtual environment that removes the obstructions that might be faced by learners who find accessibility, comprehension, collaboration and socialisation difficult when approaching creative work. By presenting the results of this research, this paper examines the paucity of practical experience in this area and suggests that our changing relationship with technology and understanding of mental health can help us develop a more diverse and inclusive environment for creative collaboration. As last years ‘Fit to Perform’ paper concludes: “music educators, administrators and policy makers must play an active role in providing supportive environments where health and wellbeing is considered integral to expert music training.”

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Andrew Lansley
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 10:40
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 19:19

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