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Case Study – Music and Anxiety / Stress

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J is in the final year of a BMus course, with Composition as her Principal Study. She came to college with a history of depression, although was confident that this was now well under control. During the second year of her studies, however, her health deteriorated and she started to miss classes, became socially withdrawn, and seemed at risk of dropping out. Intercalation was offered, but J was adamant that she did not want to return hom. With a support package in place, she managed to continue and has just been awarded a place for postgraduate study. For the past 18 months her symptoms have been managed with medication, although this can impede her ability to sustain concentration (especially early in the day) and occastional periods of illness still occur.

Strategies
  • Personal Learning Plan put in place and reviewed regularly.
  • Personal Care Plan put in place when J was most at risk, including provision of counselling, named person to regularly monitor J (check she was eating, keeping appointments with psychiatrist, etc.)
  • Meetings with Learning Support Tutor (currently on an occasional basis).
  • Meetings with College Counsellor (currently on a regular basis).
  • Face-to-face classes timetables after 11am.
  • Copies of tutor notes and handouts provided at times of disability-related absence.

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