Healthy Living for Musicians
The Ithaca College School of Music is committed to keeping our students happy and healthy. We offer programs and services, in conjunction with departments across campus, to clear your mind, heal your body, and protect you as a musician.
On the second Wednesday of each academic block, the School of Music offers Healthy Living for Musicians sessions in partnership with the Ithaca College Office of Counseling and Psychological Services. School of Music students are encouraged to participate in these sessions to establish a healthy body, mind, and soul, which are a foundation to a happy and successful career. Recital attendance is given for each session.
Healthy Living for Musicians also hosts a Pathways training session especially for Music students. Pathways is a mental health crisis prevention and intervention program that teaches students to identify a potential mental health crisis, initiate a conversation with someone at risk, ask directly about suicidal thoughts, and make referrals to appropriate resources.
The Performing Arts Clinic is offered as a free one-hour weekly session, within the Occupational and Physical Therapy Department, that allows music and dance students to have a consultation on any sort of musculoskeletal ache or pain. The clinic assists a performer in determining best next steps. Should you see a doctor? Are there exercises that can help? Is there a potential for serious injury? Helpful prevention ideas and self-help tips are also reviewed. Students wishing to learn more are encouraged to look for a new Spring elective - The Prevention of Music-Related Injuries. Nick Quarrier, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Performing Arts Clinic, writes a resourceful blog on musician related injuries.
Audiology services are provided free of charge to all School of Music students, by the on-campus Sir Alexander Ewing Speech and Hearing Clinic. Services include baseline hearing evaluations as well as annual screenings or evaluations to monitor the status of the auditory system. The results of annual hearing tests are confidentially kept in the clinic and used for comparison of hearing sensitivity from year to year. Consultations regarding proper hearing protection are also available upon request. The Sir Alexander Ewing Speech and Hearing Clinic operates in conjunction with the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology to provide intervention for individuals suspected of having or demonstrating communication disorders. The clinic is located on the second floor of Smiddy Hall and includes two sound suites with adjoining control room, and several therapy and diagnostic rooms.