Healthy Living for Musicians


The Ithaca College School of Music is committed to keeping students healthy and balanced in their busy lives as music students.  In conjunction with departments across campus, we offer various programs and services.

Balance and Stress

In April 2016, Dean Karl Paulnack continues his workshops on time management, and physical and mental health. Topics covered include:

• Finding time for the basics, daily personal health

• Personal grounding practices

• Theories of effective time management

• How to effectively use a date book

• How to map multiple, ongoing projects, each with different due dates

• How to prioritize and triage when there are more tasks to be done than anyone could possibly do 


In Spring 2016, from 1-3PM each Wednesday in the Hockett Green Room, Nick Quarrier and the Performing Arts Clinic (within the Occupational and Physical Therapy Department) will be available for consultation regarding any sort of musculoskeletal ache or pain. The clinic assists all performers 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.  Nick Quarrier, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Performing Arts Clinic, writes a resourceful blog on musician related injuries. For more information, speak with Prof. Carol McAmis (rm 2211).

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. 

For specific, detailed information on hearing health, neuromusculoskeleton health, and vocal health, please down load the documents on the right-hand side bar.


Individual and small group counseling on a variety of topics is available to all students through 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. Pathways training sessions are also available at various points throughout the year. 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. Students may also contact the Icare case manager, Christina McMahon (607) 274-7731).

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