Leaders from health and industry are set to come together to find out how a unique program launched by academics at Birmingham City University has helped budding musicians manage performance anxiety.
Academics from the health sciences and the arts have collaborated on a two-year pilot project, delivering a program using components of the Intelligent Behavior Analytics® framework to students at the University’s internationally renowned Royal Birmingham Conservatory (RBC).
Students who participated in the pilot program reported significant increases in confidence and resilience during musical performance, with all participants indicating that they would recommend the course to other students.
Following the success of the pilot project, the key elements have now been integrated into a core module, “Understanding and Managing the Behaviors of Self, Teams and Organizations”., available as part of Birmingham City University’s Leading and Transforming in Healthcare MSc program with a focus on health, well-being and confidence. The project demonstrates the strengths and opportunities of the new STEAM education curriculum, which sees science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) merge with the arts.
Now the concept is set to take center stage at a special conference between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on September 7, hosted by RBC academics, which will also explore how NHS leadership could benefit from a holistic approach including Arts.
The conference includes a series of panel discussions and features dozens of leading scholars and specialists in medicine, music, education and the arts, as well as live classical performances by students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatory.
Keynote speakers at the ‘STEM to STEAM’ conference include Emeritus Professor Julian Lloyd Webber OBE – cellist, conductor, broadcaster and former director of the Royal Birmingham Conservatory – and Professor Neena Modi, Professor of Neonatal Medicine at the ‘Imperial College London.
Katherine Lam, Lecturer in Piano at the Royal Birmingham Conservatory at Birmingham City University, who will be one of the conference panelists and played a major role in the pilot programme, said: “Following the huge success of our RBC Health, Wellbeing and Performing with Confidence program, we look forward to hearing about our students’ individual experiences and outcomes and are proud to showcase their performance at the STEM to STEAM conference.
“An integral part of the conference will highlight the crucial role the arts play in our society and the myriad benefits that a holistic approach brings to leadership training, personal development, and individual health and well-being.
Professor Adam Crizzle is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University, as well as lead facilitator for the module, developed at the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, and director of the Hillcroft House Research Hub, which is at the origin of the Intelligent Behavior Analytics® program.
He said, “The development of Intelligent Behavior Analytics has resulted in a series of pilot programs in health, education and music. The result was a holistic MSc module from Birmingham City University. By building on the qualities of the arts, it has already given students higher levels of confidence and resilience, which has resulted in lower levels of stress and career advancement.
“This topic and others will be discussed by our panelists at the upcoming STEM to STEAM conference. take leadership training to the next level, across all public services, including the NHS.