Mental Health

CMS Musicians’ Health Webinars 2017-2018

“The Role of Collegiate Faculty and Administrators in Addressing Musicians’ Health”
Shortly after our committee was established in 2015, the College Music Society’s Committee on Musicians’ Health was privileged to host eight webinars on the broad topic of musicians’ health, offering administrators, faculty and students a diverse range of practical strategies for addressing these important topics within the music curriculum.  These take on special importance as the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), in collaboration with the Performing Arts …

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Providers Needed for MusiCares Medical Network

To better address the ever-growing number of music professionals without basic or adequate medical coverage, MusiCares (50lc3 non-profit organization) works closely with a dedicated group of health care professionals through the MusiCares Medical Network to provide the valuable and often life-changing services that some clients require, but simply cannot afford. The network is comprised of providers who recognize this reality and generously give their time and expertise to treat MusiCares’ referrals that are underinsured or uninsured and lack the means …

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A Mindfulness Approach to Warm-up for Musicians

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way on purpose, in a particular way on purpose, in the present moment and being non-judgmental. Mindfulness includes being aware, curious, observant, being open to the experience and accepting. Thus mindfulness has to do with memory retention which is vitally important to those who worry about forgetting.
Click to download: Mindfulness Warm-Up for Musicians

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A Musical Fix for American Schools

“Research shows that music training boosts IQ, focus and persistence”
Article from Wall Street Journal, Oct. 10, 2014
http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-musical-fix-for-american-schools-1412954652

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Athletes and the Arts – The Role of Sports Medicine in the Performing Arts

“Athletes and the Arts – The Role of Sports Medicine in the Performing Arts”
Dick, Randall W. MS, FACSM; Berning, Jacqueline R. PhD, RD, CSSD; Dawson, William MD, BS, FAAOS; Ginsburg, Richard D. PhD; Miller, Clay MD, MFA, PMR; Shybut, George T. MD
Published in Current Sports Medicine Reports, November/December 2013, Volume 12, Issue 6, p. 397-403.
Abstract
Performing artists are athletes. Like athletes, performing artists practice and/or perform most days with little off season, play through pain, “compete” in …

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Performance Anxiety – One Page Fact Sheet

Performance anxiety, commonly referred to as “stage fright” in performing arts contexts, is a distressing and disabling condition that affects performers of all ages. At least half of all performing artists, regardless of age, gender, and talent or experience level, report problems associated with performance anxiety.
 
Download a one-page fact sheet (PDF) on Performance Anxiety.

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PODCAST – Health Issues Unique to Performing Artists

Athletes and the Arts Program: Health Issues Unique to Performing Artists
PODCAST – Randy Dick, FACSM on the Health Radio – Sports Medicine and Fitness Show discussing hearing related issues for musicians.

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