Consent Form

Hello and welcome to the Questionnaire for French Horn performers.

This questionnaire is part of a larger interdisciplinary study which focuses on how we know what we know about aspects of horn playing and considers ways that accurately applied knowledge of functional anatomy may be of benefit by reducing playing related injury and optimising performance.

Please continue on to the Participant Information Sheet, which is a Human Research Ethics Committee Requirement.


This Participant Information Statement tells you about the research study. Knowing what is involved will help you decide if you want to take part in the research. Please read following carefully and ask questions about anything that you don’t understand or want to know more about.

Purpose of this study
You are invited to take part in a study about anatomical knowledge and French horn playing. It aims to compare the approaches of Professional Horn Players, (non-professional) Horn players and health care professionals who work with musicians regarding accurate and musically applied knowledge of anatomy and how it can be used to optimise aspects of performance, avoid playing related injury and prolong professional careers.

Who is running the study?
Ashley Skyring is conducting this study as the basis for the degree of Master of Philosophy (Medicine) at The University of Sydney. This will take place under the supervision of Dr Bronwen Ackermann, (PhD, Specialist Musicians' Physiotherapist) and Dr Mark Halaki (PhD, Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sports Science).

What will the study involve for me?
This study will involve completing an online survey into the relationships between approaches towards horn playing and how accurately applied knowledge of anatomy can assist in the following without getting in the way of artistic expression: 

·      Avoiding playing related injury
·      Performance optimisation
·      Career longevity

All questions will be about aspects of French Horn performance.

‘French Horn’ will herein be referred to as ‘Horn’ and will cover all variations of the instrument from the baroque Horn to the modern day Horn

How much of my time will the study take?
Between 20-30 minutes.

Who can take part in the study?
You are invited to take part in the study if you are 18 years and above and are a professional, aspiring professional French Horn player, or professional Horn teacher.

Do I have to be in the study? Can I withdraw from the study once I've started?
Being in this study is completely voluntary. Your decision whether to participate will not affect your current or future relationship with the researchers or anyone else at the University of Sydney.  If you decide to take part in the study and then change your mind later, you are free to withdraw at any time.

Are there any risks or costs associated with being in the study?
We do not expect that there will be any risks or costs associated with taking part in this study.

Are there any benefits associated with being in the study?
We cannot guarantee that you will receive any direct benefits from being in the study. 

What will happen to information about me that is collected during the study?
The personal information collected will be used for the purpose of the study and will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law.  The study findings may be published, but you will not be individually identifiable in these publications.

Can I tell other people about the study?
Yes, you are welcome to tell other people about the study.

What if I would like further information about the study?
When you have read this information, Ashley Skyring and Dr Bronwen Ackermann will be available to discuss it with you further and answer any questions you may have. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact:

Ashley Skyring
Telephone: 0423 652 651

Dr Bronwen Ackermann
Telephone:   +61 2 9351 9472
Will I be told the results of the study?
The results of the study, in a form of lay summary, will be provided to you as per request. If you wish to receive one, please indicate so and provide your email address at the end of the survey. The report will be emailed to you once the study has completed.

What if I have a complaint or any concerns about the study?
Research involving humans in Australia is reviewed by an independent group of people called a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the HREC of the University of Sydney HREC: Project Number: 2017/612. As part of this process, we have agreed to carry out the study according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). This statement has been developed to protect people who agree to take part in research studies.

If you are concerned about the way this study is being conducted or you wish to make a complaint to someone independent from the study, please contact the university using the details outlined below. Please quote the study title and protocol number.

The Manager, Ethics Administration, University of Sydney:

·      Telephone: +61 2 8627 8176
·      Email:
·      Fax: +61 2 8627 8177 (Facsimile)

If you wish to download a copy of this Participant Information Sheet, please click on this link to open a PDF in a new window.

This survey includes images accessed through google drive and  If you are starting the survey on a server that restricts access to these sites (ie, government server) we recommend for you to restart the survey through a different server. 

Although this survey can be completed on a smart phone, we recommend the use of a Mac, PC or tablet.

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