Louise Atkins is Research Associate in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a BMus in clarinet performance Louise went on to be the first student on a new Masters pathway, supported by an EMI Sound Foundation award, at the same institution combining both the art of music and the science of performance. Following the completion of her MMus Louise began cross-faculty doctoral research at the University of South Wales exploring the occupational health and wellbeing practices, policies, and procedures of the UK conservatoire sector, investigating ways towards common approaches in the area.
Louise’s current research interests include the practical application of performance science knowledge in the conservatoire setting and the development of improved teaching and learning in and around the topics of occupational health and wellbeing for musicians.
Alongside her academic work Louise is also a qualified Sports Massage Therapist, and works on applying the well-established techniques and knowledge of the sports world to the musical setting. She also continues to be involved in music making and performs regularly with a woodwind trio, who concentrate on outreach projects and taking live music to those who wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to experience it.
- BMus 2 Psychology of Music
- MSc in Performance Science
Fancourt D, Perkins R, Ascenso S, Atkins L, Kilfeather S, Carvalho L, Steptoe A, & Williamon A (forthcoming), Group drumming modulates cytokine response in mental health service users: A preliminary study, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.
Atkins L (2011), Occupational health and wellbeing in the UK conservatoire sector: Staff perspectives, in A Williamon & W Goebl (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2013 (pp. 243-248), European Association of Conservatoires.
Atkins L (2009), Health and wellbeing education in British conservatoires, in A Williamon, S Pretty, & R Buck (eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2009 (pp. 119-223), European Association of Conservatoires.