The Sunderman Conservatory of Music is committed to the health and wellness of students and faculty alike. Musicians have special needs and issues regarding their health, and the resources on these pages address each of them.
Physical Health and Wellness includes information on muscle strain, repetivite motion injury, ergonomics, and posture. Auditory Health and Wellness provides information regarding appropriate sound levels for musicians and hearing protection. Vocal Health and Wellness discusses care of the voice and vocal disorders. Mental Health and Wellness covers topics of interest to all, such as stress reduction, time management, emotional well-being, and performance anxiety.
The Conservatory regularly hosts guest speakers and special presentations on a variety of topics related to musicians' health and wellness.
Our music librarian, Tim Sestrick, has acquired useful materials for the library collection, and included them in an annotated bibliography on the library’s website. The site also has links to additional resources, and can be accessed from any computer on campus or on the campus network.
We encourage you to explore each of these areas for information relevant to you and your situation. We also welcome your own ideas and links; to submit your own information for inclusion on this site contact a member of the Health and Wellness Committee.
These pages are for informational purposes only. Please consult a medical professional for any specific diagnosis or treatment.
Tips to stay healthy from our faculty...
Colin Wise, Adjunct Assistant Professor/Trombone
Plan ahead- It's a lot less stressful, and more healthy. Formulate a plan with some deadlines as you move toward your proposed date rather than letting deadlines all pile up into one humongous deadline that can hang over your head and really make life difficult.
Sleep- As a general rule, most of us think of college years as those years where you don't need (or aren't allowed) much sleep. I certainly enjoyed some of my sleepless nights in college, but I think I would have been much happier had they been avoided by... planning ahead.
Give yourself time for breaks- Practicing, writing papers, or just about anything that requires a concerted effort is often accomplished much more efficiently with time to step back and take a breather.
Practicing in smaller but more intense chunks is almost always more successful (4 x 30 min. sessions rather than 2 hours straight).
Allow yourself time to be a human being- Find your ways of de-stressing, whether it's working out, just being able to hang out with friends, or reading a book for enjoyment rather than assignment!