British Association for Performing Arts Medicine

BAPAM’s Healthy Practice Series – Looking After Your Voice – A Guide To Vocal Health

BAPAM Healthy Practice Series

Looking After Your Voice – A Guide to Vocal Health

BAPAM’s purpose is to improve health in the performing arts and support enhanced performance excellence through wellbeing and good practice.

As the largest provider of career-specific healthcare to performers in the UK, we are uniquely positioned to bring together expert clinicians, educators, researchers, artists and creators to deliver innovative training to empower the arts community to improve and maintain health throughout our creative work and learning spaces.

This introductory 2-hour session is designed for performing arts professionals and students and outlines risk factors and key strategies to maintain good vocal health throughout a sustainable career.

The session focuses on evidence-based practical skills and draws from performance experience, research findings, psychology, and proven vocal health clinical pathways. Participants will learn how to avoid vocal problems and identify the signs and symptoms if they do occur, how to manage issues, promote good health, and where to go for help.

Tutor: Lucy Heyman

Lucinda Heyman is a vocal coach, doctoral researcher and RCM award holder, focusing on supporting and enhancing high-level performance in popular music vocalists. She holds a BA in Music from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music and draws upon 15 years of music industry experience to provide a real world context for her research.

In her vocal coaching practice Lucinda works with a number of high-level artists in the music industry and incorporates performance science research into her work to help the singers stay vocally, mentally and physically strong in their careers.

Research looking at health issues within the performing arts workforce consistently finds that 70-75% of our population report both mental and physical health problems, which is much higher than the national average. We are lucky to be working with a number of health and wellbeing experts who can offer training to performers across the UK, with the aim of reducing the levels of poor health and supporting performers to have a sustainable career. Working with our partners in Equity, Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians UK and Performing Arts Education Providers – who are very kindly giving us free use of training venues – we are expanding our national training programme supporting healthy performance in the UK.