SPEC 50
Musicianship and wellness Winter 2024

Class Details

Physical and mental health are both equally important to success in music performance and other rigorous disciplines such as athletics and dance. In this course, we will examine strategies to promote general wellness, maintaining both physical and mental wellbeing, while studying and performing in the field of music at all levels. In terms of the physical challenges of musical performance, we will look at ways of coping with the stress of repetitive movements and, more importantly, we will encounter important resources such as physical therapy, Rolfing, yoga, and conventional medicine. In considering elements of mental health in musical practice, we will consider topics related to performance anxiety, perfectionism, and the impact of social media, both positive and negative. The course will also bring in guest speakers that have experienced performance injuries, such as tendonitis or focal dystonia, as well as toxic work cultures and other problematic work and study spaces that contribute to poor mental health. The goal of this course is to help students achieve a more centered approach to music physically, mentally, and emotionally. The class will meet twice a week for three hours. Students will be required to complete a daily journal activity, two music reviews, and a creative project designing a wellness program either for themselves or for a potential student.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 1363
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Creative project(s); Other: Journal of goals and daily self evaluations and two performance reviews.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Students who are interested in studying and/or teaching music, as well as those involved with the department of music will be given preference. Please email me to share your interest in the course and how it connects to your current/future goals.
Unit Notes: Dorian Jackman has performed as a double bassist with the Indianapolis, Charlotte, and Charleston Symphonies and also The Who, Weird Al, and Andrew bird. He holds a Doctor of Music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Attributes: SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression

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