The MWP increases proficiency and prevents injury through somatic training, health-related information and a medical support network. As such, the MWP provides essential assistance to injured students with the goals of returning them to full function and preventing further injury, and guiding them to resources and local medical professionals trained in the special needs of musicians. Classes and lessons in the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping are offered each semester.
Alexander Technique and Body Mapping
Alexander Technique classes with James Brody
Introductory, advanced and graduate sections of Alexander Technique are offered each semester.
Alexander Technique lessons and consultations with James Brody
Professor Brody reserves several hours each week for one-on-one consultations and lessons with music students who are experiencing difficulty in singing or playing their instrument(s) due to misuse, injury, anxiety or physical tension. Email Professor Brody directly or ask your teacher to set up a consultation (at which your teacher may be present, if you wish).
Alexander Technique Summer Course
In July, the MWP hosts the Summer Alexander Technique Program. Leading Alexander Technique teachers convene in Boulder for a week of classes, private lessons and other interactive sessions aimed at developing balance in mind and movement. Learn more on our Summer Program page.
Mental Health Services
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers confidential, on-campus mental health and psychiatric services for a variety of concerns. Students who have paid the mental health fee are eligible to work with CAPS providers, including 24/7 phone support.
Matthew Tomatz is the College of Music's embedded therapist, offering years' experience in many aspects of emotional health that frequently affect musicians, including performance anxiety and emotional blocks to success. For individual counseling, contact Matt at Matthew.Tomatz@colorado.edu or through the CAPS main office: 303-492-6766.
Let’s Talk is a free service for CU Boulder students to meet with a counselor for an informal and confidential consultation. Matt Tomatz is available on Fridays, 1-2 p.m., in S-303.
Developing the Whole Musician with Matt Tomatz is a unique learning environment and powerful group process. Participation helps students make important personal discoveries while supporting growth as a musician.
Medical evaluations at Wardenburg Health Center (WHC)
Dr. Tracy Casault, Dr. John Breck and Julie Jacobson-Weaver (NP) provide provide initial evaluations as well as referrals for diagnostic tests, physical therapy and appointments with specialists as needed. If you do not have medical insurance through CU Boulder, check with the Wardenburg administrative office to see if your medical insurance covers care at WHC. Wardenburg appointments: 303-492-5432
Physical Therapy at Wardenburg Health Center (WHC)
WHC Physical Therapists Virginia Dunn Arnette and Ann Sirotniak are on the MWP team. Wardenburg PT has a unique patient-centered approach in which the specific needs of each students guide the care provided. Any CU Boulder student can access PT services at Wardenburg. If you have the Gold Plan, you do not need a physician referral; third party insurance plans may need a referral (please check with your provider). Learn more.
PT is also available at the Sports Medicine and Performance Center in the Champions Center/Stadium.
Take care of your hearing! Students can get a basic hearing test at no cost. Hearing protection specifically designed for musicians is available at below-market cost.
First Fridays Guest Speaker Series
Topics include performance management skills, temporo-mandibular joint disorder, physical therapy for performers and the anatomy of breathing. See the Wellness Board or our Facebook page for schedule.