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Musicians' health and wellness

General resources about musicians' health and wellness

  • The Balanced Musician: Integrating Mind and Body for Peak Performance by Lesley Sisterhen McAllister
    ML3830 M33 2013, Marvin Duchow Music Library

    Focuses on three areas of musicianship vital to achieving a healthy and balanced life for a musician: physical technique (body), analysis and knowledge (mind), and musicianship and creativity (soul). By putting equal emphasis on all three parts of this triangle and exploring them thoroughly, peak performance becomes easier to grasp.
  • Music Performance and Body Seminar (Blog): A repository of papers by Schulich School of Music students who have taken Dr. Isabelle Cossette's graduate seminar entitled Understanding the Musician's Performing Body. Features a variety of topics, organized under general headings related to stress, the brain, pain, and breathing.
  • Musician's Health: A site devoted to the understanding and explanation of musician's injuries, along with guidelines regarding injury prevention, optimizing your musical performance, and achieving an optimal state of health.
  • The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness by Gerald Klickstein
    MT75 K74 2009, Marvin Duchow Music Library

    A comprehensive and methodological book on improving the various facets of being a performing musician, such as practice techniques, performance anxiety, and dealing with the threat of repetitive stress injuries. Additional articles and resources can be found on the book's companion website.
  • You Are Your Instrument: The Definitive Musician’s Guide to Practice and Performance by Julie Lyonn Lieberman
    MT170 L54 1991, Marvin Duchow Music Library

    A standard resource on achieving a healthy life as a musician while enhancing one's artistry. This practical guide covers many aspects of musicianship, from mental preparation to good physical care to avoiding career-ending injuries.

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