The School of Music, Theatre & Dance is committed to supporting students’ wellness by providing services that are tailored to meet the unique demands of performing artists, and to sustaining a positive environment in which faculty and staff can thrive.

Check out the brand new Performing WellCAST series on the SMTD YouTube Wellness Playlist

SMTD Mental Health Awareness Microgrant

The SMTD Mental Health Awareness Microgrant provides up to $250 of support for student-led projects by individuals or teams that use the performing arts to increase awareness of mental health issues. Up to three projects will be funded. The grant is supported by a generous donation to support SMTD students in collaboration with the U-M Depression Center.

Applications are due by Friday, January 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM. More information.


We offer workshops geared towards prevention of musculoskeletal injuries, hearing conservation and vocal health. Through a partnership with MedSport, we provide musculoskeletal and neurological screenings for all incoming freshmen. A new partnership with Michigan Audiology brings hearing screenings to SMTD and Marching Band students. Visit our Wellness Events page to learn more about our many preventative services.


Wellness courses combined with not-for-credit classes, such as drop-in meditation, provide our students with the tools they need to support their physical and mental well-being. Courses available include Yoga for Performers, Alexander Technique, Wellness for the Performing Artist, and Contemplative Practices. Learn more about our Wellness Courses.


Physical Health Resources
The on-site Performing Arts Health Clinic, offered in partnership with MedSport and MPerform, provides students the opportunity to meet with either a MedSport clinician or a hand specialist to discuss any pain, injury,or discomfort. These one-on-one appointments help students with identifying sources of pain and any postural misalignments. Students are given individualized exercise and stretching plans. Referrals for further treatment are provided on an as-needed basis. Visit U-M Resources-Physical Health for complete information on all the treatment options available at Michigan.
Mental Health Resources
CAPS@SMTD provides an embedded Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) counselor within SMTD to support students’ mental health. 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 and assistance with referrals. 

To connect with the SMTD embedded CAPS counselor, or to access a complete list of U-M’s resources across all areas of mental and emotional health (including issues and support related to gender & sexuality, sexual assault, conflict resolution, and more), visit the U-M Resources-Mental Health page.

Faculty & Staff Resources

Weekly yoga classes, drop-in meditation, and weekly walking groups are some of the wellness offerings created to meet the needs of our faculty and staff. The Wellness Initiative works closely with MHealthy and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at SMTD to provide wellness workshops and professional development opportunities for staff. Visit our Faculty & Staff Wellness Resources page for complete and up-to-date information.

Research & Resources

We also offer lists of external Research & Resources - including books, websites, webinars, and conferences - for those wishing to learn more about wellness.


More Wellness events

Ways to Connect

Paola Savvidou, Wellness Initiative Program Manager

Emily Hyssong, SMTD CAPS Counselor