main navigation bar - top row

main navigation bar - bottom row

main menu


Wellness Resources

SMTD Wellness Events

Fall 2017

Drop-in Meditation Sessions

Take a break from your busy day to breathe and meditate. No experience necessary. Open to SMTD students, faculty and staff.


Tuesdays, 12:30-1pm, Moore 2026, September 12 - December 5, led by Claudio Espejo

Lunch Workshop Series with CAPS Counselor, Emily Hyssong

How to thrive in the performing arts while maintaing good mental health and balance. During these sessions you will:

  • Discuss how to increase wellbeing, and promote positive coping
  • Explore mindfulness and self-compassion practices
  • Discuss concerns specific to each group


September 18, 11:45am-12:30pm and 12:45-1:30pm, 2235 Moore
September 19, 11:45am-12:30pm, 2235 Moore
September 20, 11:45am-12:30pm and 12:45-1:30pm, 3213 Moore
September 21, 12:45pm-1:30pm, 2235 Moore

September 22, 11:45am-12:30pm and 12:45-1:30pm, 2235 Moore

RSVP by emailing Emily Hyssong (


Performing Arts Rehabilitation Symposium: The Art of Collaboration

Co-hosted by MedSport and SMTD this one-day event is geared towards healthcare professionals and performing artists. Sessions will include topics such as injury-prevention, recovery, mental health and a team approach to treatment. Open to SMTD students, faculty and staff.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Registration deadline: October 7, 2017


Performing Arts Health Clinic

Are you experiencing physical pain or injury? Sign up for a 15-minute appointment to meet with a MedSport clinician or a Hand Specialist to discuss your musculoskeletal health. Appointments are free and confidential. Open to SMTD students, faculty and staff.

3219 Moore Building

Friday, 9/29, 12-2pm - Hand Specialist (for injuries pertaining to arms and hands)

Friday, 9/29, 2-3pm - MedSport clinician (for all other physical injuries)


Friday, 10/27, 12-2pm - Hand Specialist (for injuries prtaining to arms and hands)

Friday, 10/27, 2-3pm - MedSport clinician (for all other physical injuries)


No clinic on Thanksgiving Friday

Friday, 12/1, 12-2pm - Hand Specialist (for injuries pertaining to arms and hands)

Friday, 12/1, 2-3pm - MedSport clinician (for all other physical injuries)

Faculty Lounge - Dance Building

Friday, 9/15, 10am-12pm (MedSport clinician)

No clinic Friday before Fall break

Friday, 11/10, 10am-12pm (MedSport clinician)

Shake it Off

Relax and shake off that end of the semester stress with Therapaws, snacks and meditation crafts! Co-hosted by CAPS, EXCEL and the SMTD Wellness Initiative.

Monday, 12/4, 12-2pm, Student Commons, Moore (featuring Therapaws)

Tuesday, 12/5, 12-2pm, Arthur Miller lobby, Walgreen

Wednesday, 12/6, 11:40-12:10pm, Faculty lounge, Dance bldg

Medical Arts Group Piano

Medical Arts Group Piano provides group keyboard instruction for students in the Medical Arts Program. Weekly classes are taught in the Moore Building on North Campus by a School of Music, Theatre & Dance Graduate Student Instructor, and the program is supervised by Dr. Paola Savvidou, SMTD Wellness Coordinator, and Dr. John Ellis, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy. Open to U-M medical students.

Fall 2017 - Fridays, 5:30-7pm - Level 1, September 15 - December 8.

Instructor: Annie Jeng

Registration deadline: 8 September 2017


Open to SMTD Staff only

SMTD Staff Professional Development Day

This first-ever event for SMTD Staff will be an opportunity to learn new skills on the topics of productivity, difficult decision-making, stress-management and team-building. We will also offer 20-minute massages on a first-come first-served basis for participants! This event is free and open to all SMTD staff.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Registration deadline: September 25, 2017


Yoga for Faculty & Staff - Robert Swedberg and Sarah Lankenau

These yoga classes are accessible to students of all levels. Learn centering techniques through breathing, stretching and poses.

T/Th, 8:00-8:45am, Cady Room - September 12 - December 12

To register, please email Robert Swedberg (

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm, Walgreen 2439 - September 6 - December 13


To register, please fill out the registration form, or contact Sarah Lankenau (

Wednesdays Walking Group

Take a break from your day to reset your concentration, increase circulation and get some fresh air! Weekly staff walking group meets outside of the Student Commons in Moore and stops by Walgreen on the way for a 30-minute North Campus walk.

Wednesdays, 12:30-1pm

To sign-up, please e-mail Paola Savvidou (

Flu Shot Clinics

Protect yourself against the influenza virus this season. Free for all SMTD staff and faculty.

Wednesday, September 13, Walgreen B 207, 1:00-3:00pm

Wednesday, October 25, 1370 Moore, 11:00am-2:00pm


Winter 2017

Drop-in Meditation Sessions

Mondays, 12-12:30pm in Towsley Studio, Walgreen & Thursdays, 12:30-1pm in Moore 2020

Open to students, faculty and staff. No mats required.

Contact: Paola Savvidou,

Performing Arts Health Clinic

If you are experiencing pain from injury or are concerned about your neuromuscular health, drop-in to speak with a MedSport physician. Free and open to all SMTD students.

3219 Moore Building

Friday, 1/13, 11:30am-1:30pm
Friday, 2/10,11:30am-1:30pm
Friday, 3/10, 11:30am-1:30pm
Friday, 4/7,11:30am-1:30pm

Performance Lab, Dance Building
Friday, 1/27, 10am-12pm
Friday, 2/24, 10am-12pm
Friday, 3/24, 10am-12pm
Friday, 4/14, 10am-12pm

Yoga for Balance in Winter ( Faculty and Staff)

Instructor: Sarah Lankenau

Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15pm, 2439 Walgreen

Medical Arts Group Piano: Special Program

Medical Arts Group Piano is a brand new program that provides group keyboard instruction for students in the Medical Arts Program. For more information about the program visit the information page. To register fill out the registration form. If you have questions e-mail Paola Savvidou,

Shake It Off - A Stress Relieving Event

Monday, April 10, 12:00-2:00pm, Student Commons, Earl V. Moore with Therapaws as special guests!

Wednesday, April 12, 12:00-2:00pm, Arhur Miller Lobby, Walgreen

Friday, April 14, 11:40am-12:10pm, Student Lounge, Dance Building


Fall 2016

Shake It Off - A Stress Relieving Event

Monday, December 5, 12:00-2:00pm, Student Commons, Earl V. Moore

Tuesday, December 6, 11:40-12:10pm, Faculty Lounge, Dance Building

Wednesday, December 7, 12:00-2:00pm, Lobby outside Arthur Miller Theater, Walgreen


Documentary film screening followed by Q&A with:

  • John Beder, Film Director
  • Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D., Psychologist, Psychoanalyst and Pianist
  • Louis Nagel, Emeritus Professor of Piano and Piano Literature
  • Emily Hyssong, LMSW

Friday, December 2, 7:30pm, Watkins
Free and unticketed

Yoga for Faculty and Staff

Instructor: Robert Swedberg

Mondays, 7:30-8:15am in Cady Room, Stearns bldg

Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm in Moore 1374

Victors 5K - SMTD Team

Faculty and staff run for the Victors 5K

Sunday, October 23, 9:30am starting from Angell Hall

Your Wellness at Work!

Workshop for Faculty & Staff with Lisa Camfield (MHealthy Coordinator)

Friday, October 21, 12-1pm in Moore 2044

SMTD Wellness Courses





Spring 2017

The Contemplative Practices Seminar

Instructor: Martha Travers

Jazz 450/550 | T/Th, 4:30-6:30pm (Section 001), T/Th, 6:30-8:30pm

Nature-based Contemplative Practice

Instructor: Martha Travers

Jazz 454/554 | Wednesdays, 2:00-6:00pm (Section 001)


Instructor: Rachel Garcia

Dance 405 | T/Th, 4:00-6:00pm (Section 102)

Fall 2017 - Winter 2018

An Introduction to the Alexander Technique:

how to sit, stand and move with flexibility and strength

Instructor: Michelle Obrecht

MUSPERF 200 | Fridays, 2:30-3:30pm (Section 010) and Fridays, 3:30-4:30pm (Section 011) | 1 credit



Creativity and Consciousness Studies

Ed Sarath, Founder and Director & Martha Travers

  • Contemplative Practices Seminar (Travers)| JAZZ 450/550 | Tuesdays 2:00-4:00pm (Section 001), Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00pm (Section 002), Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm (Section 003), Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm (Section 004) | 2 credits
  • Finding Your Way (Travers) | JAZZ 454/554 | Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00pm (Section 001) | 2 credits

The Inner Business of Music (Winter Semester only)

Instructor: Bill Lucas
Jazz 480 | Mondays, 10:30-12:30PM (Section 001)

Yoga for Performers

Instructor: Robert Swedberg
MUSPERF 412 | M/W 8:30-9:30am (Section 002) and T/Th 9:00-10:00am (Section 001) | 1 credit

Wellness for the Performing Artist (Winter Semester only)

Instructor: Paola Savvidou
MUSPERF 200 | Tuesdays, 10-11:30am (Section 012)

SMTD Wellness Support


Where to start

Don’t know where to start? Are you experiencing pain or concerns? Contact Paola Savvidou, SMTD Wellness Coordinator.

Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, or have other mental or emotional health concerns? Contact Emily Hyssong, CAPS Embedded Social Worker.

Are you faculty or staff member wanting to join an exercise group or find out about wellness events tailored towards you? Contact your MHealthy Champions Ellen Rowe and Paola Savvidou.

Do you want free ear-plugs? Contact Paul Feeny.

National Association of Schools of Music Recommendations on Health

Protecting Your Neuromuscular Health

Protecting Your Vocal Health

Protecting Your Hearing Health

U-M Campus Resources: Physical Health

University Health Service (UHS)

Performing Arts Injury Clinic (MedSport)

  • The MedSport Team is made up of orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine, pediatric specialists, physician assistants, physical therapists and assistants and athletic trainers.
  • Call 877-877-9333 to make an appointment.

Performing Artist Rehabilitation Medicine & Therapy Program (MPerform)

  • If you are experiencing performance related injuries, MPerform has physicians and therapists who will provide individualized evaluations and treatment sessions. They will also teach you preventative strategies and overall fitness improvement methods.
  • There are physical therapy and occupational therapy clinics located in Canton and Ann Arbor. Call 734-998-7888 for the Briarwood location.

Multidisciplinary Clinic for Professional and Occupational Voice Users

  • Vocalists and actors are at a greater risk for developing voice disorders. A team of laryngologists, speech pathologists, and faculty/staff of the School of Music, Theater, and Dance can help properly diagnose and provide the right treatment.
  • Call 734-936-8051 to make an appointment.



  • Concussions are a big part of the cases that NeuroSport takes care of, but they also see and treat cases of peripheral nerve injury, spinal cord injury, and other neurological injuries.
  • Learn about concussions.
  • Call 734-930-7400 to make an appointment.


Rec Sports

  • Students who are currently enrolled in one or more credits have free access to Rec Sports facilities that include the North Campus Recreation Building (NCRB), the Central Campus Recreation Building (CCRB), the Intramural Sports Building (IMSB) located on Hoover Avenue, and the Sports Coliseum located on Hill Street and Fifth Avenue. There is also an Outdoor Adventures Rental Center that rents out affordable outdoor and recreational equipment to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • There are several outdoor facilities equipped with outdoor artificial turf fields for football and soccer, sand volleyball courts, softball fields, and open field areas. Elbel Field is at the corner of South Division and Hill, Mitchell Field is on Fuller between North and Medical campuses, Palmer Field is on Washtenaw in front of the CCRB, and the Radrick Challenge Program located on Dixboro Road has indoor meeting areas and outdoor picnic areas that are ideal for group outings, conferences, retreats, reunions, and birthday parties.

Kinesiology Community Classes

  • The U-M kinesiology department offers activity classes throughout the year. Enrolled students have the option of registering for swimming, tennis, and swim conditioning courses for credit.
  • If you are a student with children, the department also offers activity classes called KidSport for $20 per session.
  • Call 734-647-2708 for more information.

U-M Health System

U-M Resources: Mental Health

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • CAPS is committed to creating an environment based on our values of multicultural, multi-disciplinary and multi-theoretical practices that allow our diverse student body to access care, receive high quality services and take positive pathways to mental health. 
  • CAPS is located on the third floor of the Michigan Union (530 S. State Street, 3100 Michigan Union). Business hours are Monday - Thursday, 8am-7pm and Friday, 8am-5pm.
  • CAPS provides:
  • •Brief individual, couples, and group therapy
    •Drop-In workshops and outreach presentations
    •Urgent/Crisis intervention
    •Psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring in conjunction with ongoing therapy
    •Assistance with referrals
  • Have an urgent concern or crisis?
    • Call or walk in to CAPS (on central campus, during business hours) to see the Counselor on Duty. No appointment is necessary.
    • CAPS After Hours: If you need help with an urgent mental
      health concern after typical business hours call CAPS at 734-764-8312 and press 0 to speak to a licensed mental health professional.
  • Visit for more info
  • Emily Hyssong, LMSW, is the CAPS embedded therapist for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Contact:

U-M Comprehensive Depression Center

  • 1 in 6 people will experience an episode of depression in their lives, and is often undertreated and misdiagnosed. The goal of the Comprehensive Depression Center is to detect disorders earlier, effectively treat them, prevent recurrences, counteract the stigma associated with the disease, and improve public policy.
  • Campus Mind Works drop in groups available on North and Central Campus.
  • The Rachel Upjohn Building, located at 4250 Plymouth Road, houses the U-M Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry. They are open from 7:30am until 7pm Mondays through Thursdays, and close at 5pm on Fridays. Call 734-936-4400 to make an appointment.

U-M Psychological Clinic

  • The U-M Psychological Clinic provides psychoeducational evaluations and evidence-based psychotherapy to students and faculty as well as community members and others based in southeast Michigan. The clinic provides individual, couples, and group counseling for common problems such as perfectionism and procrastination, school and career difficulties, trauma and grieving, and many others.
  • There is a link to take a screening survey on the website, and you can call 734-764-3471 to make an appointment.


  • Drop-in Meditation sessions available to all students. Mondays, 10:15-10:45am and Thursdays, 4:15-4:45pm, in G243 Angell Hall

BASICS - Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for Students

  • BASICS is a two session screening and discussion offered free to all UM students. While some students may be involved due to an alcohol-offense related requirement, BASICS is a place where students can learn moderation strategies to reduce negative alcohol induced consequences.
  • Appointments available through the website.

SAPAC - Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

  • SAPAC promotes social change and activism through professional services and student leadership development. They offer workshops and educational opportunities for UM staff and faculty, tips for bystander intervention and peer-led support groups.

SPECTRUM - Office of LGBT Affairs

  • SPECTRUM offers many resources for students of all orientations. Students can learn how to be an ally and  find a peer support group. They offer educational opportunities, mentorship, grants & scholarships, ally training, resources and advocacy.

Resources for Faculty & Staff


  • MHealthy is the university’s health and well-being program. It provides programs and resources towards physical, mental and emotional health. Programs include:
    • Thrive! Stress Management Program
    • UMHS Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP)
    • Physical Activity
    • Nutrition
    • Weight Management
    • Alcohol and Tobacco
    • Occupational Health Services
    • Flu Shots
    • Ergonomic Awareness
    • And many more!
  • SMTD MHealthy Champions: Ellen Rowe and Paola Savvidou.
  • New MHealthy Course in the Moore building - Winter 2017
    • “Moving Meditation” - taught by Catherine Matuza
    • Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm
    • 1370 Moore Building
    • Cost $70

Wellness Research and Resources


  • Alcantara, Pedro de. Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique. Oxford University Press, NY: 2013.
  • Bishop, Dorothy. The Musician as Athlete: Alternative Approaches to Healthy Performance. Kava Publications, Canada: 1992.
  • Conable, Barbara and Benjamin Conable. What Every Musician Needs to know About the Body. GIA Publications: 2000.
  • Dawson, William. Fit as a Fiddle: The Musician’s Guide to Playing Healthy. R&L Education: 2007.
  • Feldenkrais, Moshe. Awareness Through Movement. HarperCollins, NY: 1977.
  • Green, Barry and Timothy Gallway. The Inner Game of Music. Doubleday, NY: 1986.
  • Gates, Rachel. The Owner's Manual to the Voice: A Guide for Singers and Other Professional Voice Users. Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Heirich, Jane Ruby. Voice and the Alexander Technique: Active Explorations for Speaking and Singing. Berkeley, CA: Mornum Time Press. 2005.
  • Horvath, Janet. Playing (Less) Hurt. New York: Hal Leonard, 2010.
  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Mindfulness for Beginners:Reclaiming the Present Moment - and Your Life. Sounds True, Canada: 2012.
  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever You Go, There You Are. Hyperion, NY: 1994.
  • Kleinman, Judith and Peter Buckoke. The Alexander Technique for Musicians. Bloomsbury, NY: 2014.
  • Klickstein, Gerald. The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance and Wellness. New
  • York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Maisel, Eric. Performance Anxiety: A Workbook for Actors, Singers, Dancers, and Anyone Who Performs in Public. Backstage Books, 2005.
  • McAllister, Lesley Sisterhen. The Balanced Musician. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013.
  • Moore, Bill. Playing Your Best When It Counts (Mental Skills for Musicians). N.p.: Playing Your
  • Best Consulting, 2011.
  • Nagel, Julie. Melodies of the Mind: Connections between Psychoanalysis and Music. Routledge, NY: 2013.
  • Nelson, Samuel H., and Elizabeth Blades-Zeller. Singing With Your Whole Self: The Feldenkrais Method and Voice. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 2002.
  • Odam, George; Rosset I Llobet, Jaume. The Musician’s Body; a maintenance manual for peak performance. Guildhall School of Music and Drama. London, 2007.
  • Olson, Mia. Musicians Yoga. Boston, MA: Berklee Press, 2009.
  • Paull, Barbara, and Christine Harrison. The Athletic Musician: A Guide to Playing Without Pain.
  • Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1997.
  • Pearson, Lea. Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flute Teacher Needs to Know About the Body. GIA Publications 2006.
  • Ristad, Eloise. Soprano on Her Head. Real People Press, 1981.
  • Sataloff, Robert T.; Brandfonbrener, Alice G.; Lederman, Richard J. Performing Arts Medicine, 3rd Edition. Science Medicine, Narbuth 2010.
  • Taylor, Nancy. Teaching Healthy Musicianship: The Music Educator’s Guide to Injury Prevention and Wellness. NY: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Watson, Alan H. D. The Biology of Musical Performance and Performance-Related Injury. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009.
  • Workman, Darin. The Percussionist’s Guide to Injury Treatment and Prevention: The Answer Guide to Drummers in Pain. Routledge, NY: 2006.



Fearless Performance - Jeff Nelsen

Healthy Musician Project

Musician’s Way - Gerald Klickstein

The Bulletproof Musician - Noa Kageyama


CMS Webinars, hosted by the College Music Society Committee on Musicians’ Health, Gail Berenson, Chair.

Hearing Wellness for Music Educators - Dr. Heather Malyuk (Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation)

Vocal Health Protocols for Academic Institutions - Dr. Emily Martin-Moberly (Bucknell University)

Mindfulness Practice for Collegiate Music Students and Faculty - Dr. Vanessa Cornett (University of St. Thomas)

How to Prevent Practice Wear and Tear from Progressing to a Playing Related Musculoskeletal Disorder (PRMD) - Dr. Serap Bastepe-Gray (Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University)

Addressing Issues on the Maintenance of Health and Safety in a Music Program - Dr. Linda Cockey (Salisbury University)

A Musician's Guide to the Brain: What We Need to Know and Why - Dr. Lois Svard (Professor of Music Emerita, Bucknell University)

Athletes and the Arts - What Musicinas Can Learn from Athletes - Randall Dick (Athletes and the Arts) and Dr. John Snyder (Artists House Foundation)


Performing Arts Medicine Association Symposium

June 29-July 2, 2017 - Westin Resorts, Snowmass, Colorado

No Gain with Pain: Preventing and Overcoming Physical and Emotional Pain in Performing Artists


Drop-in meditation poster

Symposium poster

Performing Arts Health clinic poster

Medical Arts Group Piano


SMTD wellness course offerings 2017-2018

main navigation bar - top row

main navigation bar - bottom row

Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower