Keeping healthy is important for any musician. The Royal College of Music actively investigates and promotes health and wellbeing through teaching and research.
We are proud members of the Healthy Conservatoires Network. Our work at the forefront of the Healthy Musician initiative research project enables us to enact the very best policies for the health of all RCM musicians. Many of our musicians benefit from massage, yoga and meditation and Student Services is able to provide excellent information on healthy eating.
The RCM Counselling service offers confidential counselling to all students.
We encourage all our students to register with a doctor and remind international students to check they have adequate insurance to cover health costs if needed.
At the RCM, we want to ensure that health and wellbeing is a priority for all of our students.
We are partnered with TogetherAll, which runs a 24/7 online service offering advice, resources and peer support for those dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. This services is free to all RCM students.
Student Services run weekly Meditation and Yoga sessions to support your wellbeing. All are welcome to these sessions and they are completely free. We also offer Massage Therapy sessions at a reduced rate. Find out more by contacting the Student Services team.
It is important for all students to register with a GP. Imperial College Health Centre register students from their catchment area and those living at Prince Consort Village or you can find your nearest GP surgery by searching on the NHS website. The Student Services team is also happy to discuss options for the prevention and treatment of musicians' injuries and can provide information about agencies specialising in the care of such injuries.
Imperial College Health Centre
The RCM enjoys a close connection with Imperial College Health Centre, which is just a few minutes’ walk away. Students who live at Prince Consort Village or in specified nearby postcode areas may register at Imperial College Health Centre as NHS (National Health Service) patients.
Any RCM student can use the Imperial College Health Centre during the day for urgent medical problems. However, students who are not eligible to register should instead register with a GP (doctor) close to where they live.
The Imperial College Chaplaincy Centre also welcomes all RCM students and provides a place of resource, help, advice and information relating to faith and spirituality.
Imperial College London also has a dental practice nearby.
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There is a strong tradition of Alexander Technique at the RCM. Sessions, led by resident experts Peter Buckoke, Judith Kleinman, Bethan Pugh and Lindsay Wagstaff, are popular with many students. As well as academic courses, non-degree lessons are available.
Find out more about Alexander Technique
Healthy Conservatoires Network
The Healthy Conservatoires Network brings together several UK Conservatoires, including the RCM, and the wider performing arts sector, in an ongoing exchange of information, research, practice and experience. The aim is to create working environments that promote and enhance the health and wellbeing of performing artists, enabling them to achieve their full potential and to build healthy, sustainable careers.
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If you have any enquiries about the ways in which we support health and wellbeing at the RCM, please feel free to contact our friendly Student Services team.