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GSMD Mindfulness Course and Research

Exploring the effects of a mindfulness course on 

students from a music conservatoire.

Participant Information Sheet

11/12/15 (27/9/17) 

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You are being invited to take part in a research project. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask if anything is not clear or if you would like more information or to be sent a paper/email copy of this sheet for your records. My details are at the bottom of this sheet. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

What is the purpose of the project? 

Pilot research has shown that there could be many beneficial effects of doing a mindfulness course for student singers. The purpose of this research is to investigate the effects of a course in mindfulness on student singers and instrumentalists as learners, performers and in their daily lives.

The duration for the whole project is 3 years but your participation is minimal and is detailed below.

Why have I been chosen? 

You have been chosen because you are about to embark on a mindfulness course and you are a music student studying at an advanced level.  Hopefully between 80 and 100 participants will be recruited for the questionnaire element of the project.

What do I have to do? 

  1. Fill out a questionnaire before AND after the Mindfulness for Performing Arts Students course. It should only take you about 10 minutes to fill out the online forms each time. (£5 as compensation for time taken).

Do I have to do it?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to confirm your consent on the online form. You can withdraw at any time before analysis (31 March 2018) without it affecting you in any way. You do not have to give a reason, just let me know via my email below so I can take your data out before analysis. 

What are the possible disadvantages of taking part?

There are no anticipated disadvantages.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Research has indicated that a mindfulness course should be beneficial in the many areas of a musician’s life.  There is no particular benefit for you personally in taking part in this project but you will be helping us to understand what, if any, effects are to be gained from doing a mindfulness course for musicians. This project could have an impact on the availability of such courses and their funding in the future.

Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential and what will happen to the results of the research project?

All the information that we collect about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. Interviewee’s names are anonymised and you will not be able to be identified by others in any reports or publications.  In the event of this research being published, you will be notified when, where and how to obtain a copy. Data will be kept for 10 years after publication after which it will be securely and safely destroyed.  This research is for completion of the PhD in Applied Psychology of Music at Leeds University.

If any data arises in the interview that is contrary to laws of the country or demonstrating significant emotional or personal risk, appropriate advice will be taken from Guildhall School of Music staff as to their protocols in these matters. 

The University of Leeds is the data controller and Adrian Slater is currently the representative to whom you can take any complaints or concerns.

Who is organizing/funding the research?

All organization and any funding is provided by the researcher.  £5 is offered each questionnaire participant on receipt of the second completed questionnaire in thanks for their time and participation.

Contact for Further Information

Researcher: Anne-Marie Czajkowski :

Supervisor: Dr Alinka Greasley

Thank you very much for taking the time to read through this information.

Ethics Approval Reference and date: University of Leeds PVAR 14-101

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