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...
Jocelyn Swigger, Associate Professor/Piano
Playing music isn't a "no pain, no gain" situation. It's a "no pain, no pain" situation. Pain is your body's way of telling you "stop that." You need to listen to it.
99% of the time the way that feels the best is the way that sounds the best.
We want to use large muscles efficiently, rather than making small muscles work hard.
We use the same body to play the piano that we use walking around in the world.
Balance on your bones!