Wellness for Musicians
The Music Program at Salisbury University takes pride in educating our students about musician wellness and encouraging an overall awareness of health and well-being. To thrive as successful musicians, our students learn strategies for healthy practicing, injury prevention, and dealing with stress and performance anxiety.
We offer a Wellness in Performance (MUSC 318) course every other year which is required of vocal and instrumental performance majors yet open to any music student. This course is team-taught by Dr. Linda Cockey (Professor of Music) and Mr. Pat Lamboni (Instructor of Athletic Training) and covers a variety of topics, including effective practice strategies, injury prevention, relaxation techniques, and the mind/body connection.
Musician wellness is also emphasized by our applied faculty in one-on-one lessons, and many additional resources are available through the Music Student, Staff, and Faculty Handbook and the links below.
Test Your Hearing
Take this free online hearing test. Did you know that the Music Program offers free earplugs to all music students? See Prof. Clark in Conway Hall 305 to claim yours!
Resources for Musician Wellness
- Salisbury University Music Program Health, Safety, and Wellness Guide - information regarding hearing health, as well as musculoskeletal, vocal, psychological, and environmental well-being
- College Music Society Webinars
- Health Advisories from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) - information in the areas of neuromusculoskeletal, vocal, and mental health, as well as hearing preservation
- Athletes and the Arts - one-page fact sheets and videos from an organization whose initiative is to integrate the science of sport with the performing arts
- The Bulletproof Musician - website by performance psychologist/violinist Noa Kageyama that focuses on overcoming performance anxiety
- Changing Performance Anxiety into Performance Energy - website and blog by psychotherapist and pianist Julie Nagel
- Mapping Music - helpful strategies from Rebecca Shockley for performing from memory
- The Musician’s Brain - blog by pianist Lois Svard that explores neuroscience and how it relates to teaching and performing
- Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA)
- Hearing Protection
- The Singer’s Resource
- Health and Wellness Seminar Series: Putting it All Together - online video series by Serap Bastepe-Gray from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
For more information about musician wellness at Salisbury University, please contact Dr. Linda Cockey.