The Holistic Approach To Creative Education.
At ACM we are always conscious of our responsibilities to the holistic wellbeing of our students. Our nurturing, supportive environment goes beyond delivering academic excellence.
We recognise that we must take care of the wellbeing of our students during their formative years of study and development into the professionals they will become.
There are certain elements of physical healthcare particularly pertinent to musicians. For example, we work with specialist vocal coaches and surgeons to encourage our students to look after their voices to preserve and hone their instrument.
“Support from Education Guidance is great, it’s comforting to know that the help is there if you need it. Words cannot explain how good they’ve been to me.”
We also take the mental health of our students extremely seriously. We understand that graduates entering the music and wider creative industries must be prepared for the constant critiquing and judgement that will exist all around and about them. By addressing performance anxiety, crises of confidence and other issues with a proactive approach through workshops and seminar series, delivered by professional therapists, our students begin to develop the tools to deal with these concerns should they arise in their career.
Each of our students has the opportunity to be coached in Mindfulness, the intentional focus of attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment, achieved through meditational practices. We do this not only because connecting body and mind is an essential part of the creative process that can result in unlocking further mental, physical and creative potential, but also because understanding emotional thought, its effect on the body and how you may at times control it can help you lead a happier, more balanced life.
We encourage our students to develop personally, not just academically. This will best equip them to face the music industry as it exists today in the real world.