The Musicians’ Wellness Initiative is a uniquely comprehensive program designed to increase proficiency and prevent injury in student musicians by providing somatic training, health-related information, and a medical support network. Through the program, music students gain skills and knowledge to promote healthy and effective music making throughout their careers.
Classes and lessons in Alexander Technique and Body Mapping are offered each semester, teaching skills necessary for achieving excellence and preparing students to successfully manage the physical and mental stressors inherent in musical careers. Monthly guest lectures address a wide range of relevant topics, from anxiety management to TMJ health. Music students also benefit from weekly on-site massage clinics through a special partnership with the Boulder College of Massage Therapy.
MWI provides essential assistance to injured students, with the dual goals of a return to full function and preventing further injury through somatic education. When medical intervention is necessary, MWI faculty guide students to appropriate resources. Physicians, psychotherapists and physical therapists trained in the special needs of musicians have offices on campus, and a network of specialists is available locally.
Faculty and Affiliates
Advisories on Hearing Health published by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). This is a comprehensive overview of hearing health issues for postsecondary schools and departments of music. Information of a medical nature is provided by PAMA; information regarding contextual issues in music programs, by NASM.
A study published in the British Medical Journal titled “Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain.” For those wary of technical jargon, there is an informative video about the study.
Edward Bilanchone teaches the Alexander Technique, Tai Chi, and golf. He has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado Summer Alexander Technique Course for over fifteen years.
Nutrition Tips for Musicians presented by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Musicians’ Wellness Initiative and Registered Dietician Jane Reagan: