Professor James Brody working with Alexander Technique student

 

Our services

The MWP strives to increase proficiency, prevent injury and help students reach their goals through somatic training, psychotherapy, 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 functioning, preventing further injury, while guiding them to resources including local medical professionals trained in the special needs of musicians. 

Wellness for musicians classes with James Brody

In these classes, we explore strategies that help musicians maintain optimal health while achieving peak performance. You will learn to employ powerful somatic methodologies including Alexander Technique and Body Mapping that improve physical functioning and prevent injury. A variety of wellness aspects are also included, such as performance psychology, mental health, effective exercise, nutrition, breathing, hearing and vocal health.

Alexander Technique lessons + consultations with James Brody

James Brody offers one-on-one consultations and lessons with music students who are experiencing difficulty in music-making due to misuse, injury, anxiety or physical tension. Email James Brody or ask your teacher to set up a consultation at which your teacher may be present, if you wish.

Alexander Technique Annual Summer Course

Every July, the MWP hosts an Alexander Technique summer course. 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.

Mental health services

Counseling + Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers confidential, on-campus mental health and psychiatric services for a variety of students’ needs. 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 from CAPS. He has wide-ranging 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.

Meetings with Matt provides opportunities for informal and confidential consultation. This service is cost-free and open to students, faculty and staff. Topics of conversation could be related to performance, time management, procrastination, how life and performance intersect, getting through the year, making choices, learning about therapy ... or just to talk, per the schedule below, in our wellness space (S303): 

  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 22, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 5, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 3, 3-4:30 p.m.

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. Contact Matt (Matthew.Tomatz@colorado.edu) for more information.

Additional services

Medical evaluations at Wardenburg Health Center (WHC)

Dr. Tracy Casault, Dr. John Breck and Julie Jacobson-Weaver (NP) 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 or on their website to see if your medical insurance covers care at WHC. Wardenburg appointments: 303-492-5432

Physical therapy at WHC

Wardenburg PT has a unique patient-centered approach in which the specific needs of each student guides the care provided. Dr. Ann Sirotniak is the MWP partner in this area. Any CU Boulder student can access PT services at Wardenburg. If you have the CU Gold Plan, you do not need a physician referral. Third party insurance plans may need a referral; check with your provider. Learn more

PT is also available at the Sports Medicine and Performance Center (the link is new) in the Champions Center/Stadium.

Speech, language + hearing clinic

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.

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.