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

Fall 2018 Sessions

Life in music is demanding and full-hearted, and poses a challenge different from many other academic majors. As performers, we experience exhilarating highs and debilitating lows. The standards of our art seem unattainable; we have to work hard to do what we do, and many of us make it personal. For some, “I am a musician” is inseparable from “I am a person.” Owing to the nature of our craft, we often have very powerful and personal relationships with the professors who teach and mentor us. In our sessions, we will explore the kinds of emotional and psychological challenges that almost any music student will face from time to time, exploring skills and awareness that can help engage and resolve these stresses in a healthy and productive way.

We invite all incoming students to join us for a one-hour workshop to be held in the Green Room. There are three different time slots to choose from.

To sign-up, please visit this page: Healthy Living for Student Musicians.

The workshop will be hosted by Dean Karl Paulnack, Dean David Pacun, and Ron Dow from Counseling and Wellness.


Beginning 8/31/18, every Wednesday from 1:00-2:50 p.m. and every Friday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at OT/PT Clinic located on the 4th floor in CHS, Mike Costello, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy 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. For more information, please view the flier in the right sidebar.

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 download the documents listed below.


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).