RESEARCH

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Dr Bridget Rennie-Salonen, flautist, and practitioner and researcher in Performing Arts Health, is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Africa Open Institute for Music Research and Innovation, Stellenbosch University.

Bridget’s PhD research, at the Odeion School of Music at the University of the Free State in South Africa, focused on tertiary level musicians’ performance health education.

PhD title: Tertiary music students’ experiences of an occupational health course incorporating the Body Mapping approach.

Her research investigated the incorporation of somatic education (body awareness, movement and sensory retraining) in comprehensive musicians’ occupational health coursework for university music students and explored the students’ lived experiences of the course.

The methodology was Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).

Her supervisors were Dr Frelet de Villiers (University of the Free State) and Dr Judy Palac (Michigan State University).

The study aimed to provide information on both the value of preventative musicians’ occupational health coursework in undergraduate curricula, the integration of Body Mapping in such courses, course content in general, and the application of such a course in the South African context.

Bridget is on the team of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) international collaborative study designing, implementing, and assessing curricula for tertiary musicians’ health education. Read all about it: Health Education Literacy and Mobility for Musicians: a global approach.

Dr Bridget Rennie-Salonen, flautist, and practitioner and researcher in Performing Arts Health, is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Africa Open Institute for Music Research and Innovation, Stellenbosch University.

Bridget’s PhD research, at the Odeion School of Music at the University of the Free State in South Africa, focused on tertiary level musicians’ performance health education.

PhD title: Tertiary music students’ experiences of an occupational health course incorporating the Body Mapping approach.

Her research investigated the incorporation of somatic education (body awareness, movement and sensory retraining) in comprehensive musicians’ occupational health coursework for university music students and explored the students’ lived experiences of the course. The methodology was Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).

Her supervisors were Dr Frelet de Villiers (University of the Free State) and Dr Judy Palac (Michigan State University).

The study aimed to provide information on both the value of preventative musicians’ occupational health coursework in undergraduate curricula, the integration of Body Mapping in such courses, course content in general, and the application of such a course in the South African context.

Bridget is on the team of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) international collaborative study designing, implementing, and assessing curricula for tertiary musicians’ health education. Read all about it: Health Education Literacy and Mobility for Musicians: a global approach.

PUBLICATIONS

Aug2021

Synthesizing the Literature on Stress Velopharyngeal Insufficiency in Musicians: Recommendations for Music Educators

Many musicians experience performance-related health problems (PRHPs), most of which are preventable. Music educators play a primary role in the prevention of PRHPs in the music classroom. Stress velopharyngeal insufficiency (SVPI) in wind musicians is a condition affecting soft palate closure, causing air to escape through the nose while blowing through the mouth into the instrument. Although SVPI is serious and potentially career ending for wind instrumentalists, there are limited resources for music educators on SVPI prevalence, causes, management, and prevention.  Read the full publication  here.

Nov2020

Rennie-Salonen, B and De Villiers, F (Nov 2020) Musicians’ occupational health in South Africa: Promoting awareness and understanding in music teaching

Journal: The South African Music Teacher, Issue 154, Nov 2020

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Jun2019

Baadjou, V.A., Wijsman, S.I., Ginsborg, J., Guptill, C., Rae De Lisle, Rennie-Salonen, B., Visentin, P. & Ackermann, B.J. 2019

Health education literacy and accessibility for musicians: a global approach. Report from the Worldwide Universities Network project.Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 34(2):105-107. https://doi.org/10.21091/mppa.2019.2011

Sep2016

Rennie-Salonen, B. & de Villiers, F. 2016. Towards a model for musicians’ occupational health education at tertiary level in South Africa

Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa,13(2):130-151. DOI: 10.1080/18125980.2016.11828232016
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PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Nov2020

Student musicians’ experiences of occupational health education:

An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Health Humanities Interest Group Conference, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Dec 2019

Aug2020

A Colloquium on Health Education for Post-Secondary Music Students:

What Works? With Prof Suzanne Wijsman, Prof Bronwen Ackermann, Prof Gail Berenson, Prof Jane Ginsborg, Dr Christos Iaonnou, Dr Suze Steemers. International Society for Music Education: Biennial World Conference, Helsinki (orig. Aug 2020). Online: Aug-Nov 2020

Aug2020

Student musicians’ experiences of Body Mapping as somatic learning:

Research data, applications, and interactive demonstrations.With Eeva Heikkilä. International Society for Music Education: Biennial World Conference, Helsinki (orig. Aug 2020). Online: Aug-Nov 2020

Aug2020

A multidisciplinary team approach for effective rehabilitation of a musician with dystonia

With Prof Bronwen Ackermann. International Society for Music Education: Biennial World Conference, Helsinki (orig. Aug 2020).
Online Aug-Nov 2020

Sep2019

Optimising well-being, performance skills, and return from embouchure dystonia in a French Horn player through an integrated team approach to rehabilitation.

Co-author: Prof Bronwen Ackermann. Annual Congress SA Society for Research in Music, Stellenbosch University, Sept 2019

Jul2019

Occupational health education and health literacy for musicians: Prevention is better than cure

Symposium: with Prof Jane Ginsborg, Prof Suzanne Wijsman, and Peter Visentin: International Symposium on Performance Science, University of Melbourne, Australia: July 2019

Jun2019

Efficacy of Body Mapping as the somatic education component of a musicians’ occupational health course

Body Mapping Education Biennial Conference, University of Redlands, California, USA: June 2019

Jun2019

Optimising well-being, performance skills, and return from embouchure dystonia in a French Horn player through an integrated team approach to rehabilitation incorporating Body Mapping.

Co-author: Prof Bronwen Ackermann. Body Mapping Education Biennial International Conference, University of Redlands, California, USA: June 2019

Jun2019

Development and design of the Musicians’ Health Literacy Questionnaire (MHL-Q19)

Co-authors: Jane Ginsborg, Bronwen Ackermann, Vera Baadjou, Rae de Lisle, Christine Guptill, Peter Visentin, Suzanne Wijsman. Performing Arts Medicine Association 37th Annual Symposium, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA: June 2019

Jun2019

An international interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitating embouchure dystonia: A French Horn case study

Co-author: Prof Bronwen Ackermann. Performing Arts Medicine Association 37th Annual Symposium, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA: June 2019

Jun2019

Tertiary students’ experiences of a musicians’ occupational health course: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Performing Arts Medicine Association 37th Annual Symposium, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA: June 2019

Oct2017

Collaboration in tertiary level musicians’ occupational health education in South Africa

National Performing Arts Health Symposium, UNISA, Pretoria, SA, October 2017

Jul2017

Towards a model for musicians’ occupational health education at tertiary level in South Africa

35th Annual Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium, Colorado, USA, July 2017

Jun2017

A collaborative model for musicians’ occupational health education, with particular emphasis on the role of Body Mapping in the somatic education component

Andover Educators’ 8th Biennial International Conference, Schwob School of Music, Columbus, State University, Columbus, Georgia, USA, June 2017

Jul2015

Student musicians’ experiences of an occupational health course based on the Body Mapping approach: Preliminary PhD research findings

Congress of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM), South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, July 2015.

Jun2015

Student musicians’ experiences of an occupational health course based on the Body Mapping approach: Preliminary PhD research findings

Andover Educators Biennial International Conference, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA, June 2015.

Aug2013

Musicians’ Well-being; Body Mapping, awareness and the senses for enhanced performance and teaching

International Conference on Music and Well-Being, North-West University, Potchefstroom, August 2013

INVITED GUEST LECTURES

Sep2020

Mindful Music Practice

A two-part podcast on mindfulness, practice, optimal performance and Body Mapping, in the series ‘The PerfActionist’ hosted by music psychologist, Dr Emese Hruska. September 2020

May2020

Practice Boosters

Online video presentation for St Andrews College and Diocesan School for Girls Music Festival, May 2020

May2020

The ensemble of expertise: Effective teamwork in musicians’ rehabilitation incorporating Body Mapping

International webinar presentation for the Association of Body Mapping Education, 17 May 2020

Apr2020

The Musicians’ Health Literacy Consortium, Aims, Progress and Challenges

Seminar presentation live online for University of North Texas, Performance Arts Health Masters and Doctoral student cohort, 2 April 2020.

Dec2019

Confident Enjoyable Performance

Interactive presentation: Luyt contemporary voice studio, Dec 2019

Oct2019

Your body is your instrument: The link between posture, breath, sound, technique, and expression

Interactive presentation. Horizons Project Choir, Cape Town, Oct 2019

Sep2019

Musicians’ Health: Somatic awareness for optimal performance and injury prevention

1) Performance-related health issues for musicians, their risk factors and prevention; 2) Movement, awareness, the senses, and somatic approaches such as Body Mapping for musicians; 3) Body awareness and breathing: 4) Performance confidence for musicians. Rhodes University, Guest lecturer for course ‘Music, Health and the Brain’. Sept 2019.

Feb2019

Tertiary student musicians’ experiences of an occupational health course: Psychological, physical, and artistic integration optimise performance proficiencies and health

Stellenbosch University Music Department, Stellenbosch, SA, February 2019

Feb2019

Tertiary music students’ occupational health curriculum content, implementation, and assessment.

Joint faculty seminar: Education, Occupational Therapy, & Performing Arts: University of the Western Cape, Feb 2019

Sep2018

Musicians’ Health: Somatic awareness for optimal performance and injury prevention

Musicians’ Health: Somatic awareness for optimal performance and injury prevention. 1) Common injuries and health issues for musicians, their risk factors and prevention; 2) Movement, awareness, the senses, and somatic approaches such as Body Mapping for musicians; 3) Performance psychology for musicians; 4) Confident performance tools. Rhodes University, Guest lecturer for course ‘Music, Health and the Brain’. Sept 2018.

Feb2017

Flute Masterclasses

Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, SA, February 2017

Dec2016

Breathe with Ease: Movements and structures of breathing and support

South African Tuba and Euphonium Association Course, Cape Town, SA, 2 December 2016.

Oct2016

Optimal Alignment: Effective, balanced posture and tension-free body awareness for all musicians; Breathe with Ease: Movements and structures of breathing and support

Almusic Music Teachers’ Professional Development Workshop, Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, Parow, Cape Town, SA, October 2016.

Jun2016

Lecturer: Winter Course in Historically Informed Performance

University of Cape Town, South African College of Music, June – July 2016

Mar2016

Musicians’ Health: Background, Research and Education; The Structures and Movements of Breathing; The Mind-Body Link; Optimal Alignment; Productive Practising; Performing Confidence Tools

Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa (CSISA), Somerset West, SA, March 2016.

Jan2015

Body Awareness Essentials: 5 key elements for free and energised playing

Music Teachers’ Refreshers Course, Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, Parow, January 2015.

POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION

  • Current MMus: Caroline Walters. Self-perceptions of graduate employability among student musicians at a South African university.
  • Current MMus: Frances Levenderis. The prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms in double bass players.
  • 2019 BMus Hons (distinction): Frances Levenderis. Musculoskeletal symptoms in double bass and cello players: a literature review.
  • 2019 BMus Hons (distinction): Amalia Reyneke. Postural Recommendations in Cello Pedagogy: An Integrative Literature Review.

FUNDING & SUPPORT

Bridget is grateful for the funding she received to make her further training and research possible:

  • 2009 – Cape Tercentenary Foundation grant
  • 2013 – The University of the Free State A-list Scholar’s Bursary
  • 2013-2015 – The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship
  • 2016 – The University of Cape Town University Research Committee Start-up Grant
  • 2017 – The University of Cape Town Emerging Researcher Programme Research Development Grant
  • 2018 Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) international research project grant
  • 2020 – Residential Research Fellowship STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies)
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