As a musician-researcher, Meghan Taylor is passionate about helping music educators develop strategies to include health and wellness concepts in their teaching environment. Meghan is currently leading a grant project funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine under award number UG4LM012345. This project serves as a significant step towards preparing music educators in Texas to incorporate health education into ensemble-based instructional activities. Through exposure to health education in the music classroom, Meghan believes students will be beMer equipped to handle the physical and mental demands of music-making throughout their careers.
Meghan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music with a concentration in Performing Arts Health at The University of North Texas and conducts research at the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health (TCPAH). During her first year at UNT, Meghan worked with representatives from the TCPAH to publish a booklet titled, "Musician Health: A Primer and Resource Guide," archived on the NNLM Website.
As a clarinetist, Meghan is enthusiastic about providing the clarinet community with research necessary to improve the longevity of their careers. Meghan and colleagues were awarded second prize for their epidemiological research on clarinetists during the 2019 International Clarinet Association’s Annual Research Competition. As the first Health and Wellness Committee Chair at the International Clarinet Association, Meghan plans to continue highlighting health research for clarinetists in order to develop a healthy clarinet community.
The practice of yoga has become a constant throughout many Musician’s Health resources. Having a foundation in health-related research led Meghan to identify similarities between the mind-body connection in yoga and music-making, which catalyzed her own yoga journey. Knowing the benefits of yoga first-hand energized Meghan to seek out a 200-hour yoga certification and begin teaching at studios in the Denton area. In classes, Meghan hopes to meet students where they are by offering support and encouragement while allowing for softness whenever possible.