New Wellness Center Offers Workshops for Musicians

Posted: September 19, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Greg Guenthner

George Mason’s new Center for Arts and Wellness, along with the Washington, D.C., chapter of The Recording Academy and the MusiCares Foundation, present “Keeping Yourself in Tune–A Day for Musicians’ Health” on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Mason Hall.

“Musicians need to know how to use the body intelligently,” says David Sternbach, research professor and director of the Center for Arts and Wellness, a part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “Performing in front of an audience is not easy and musicians have the potential for injury just like athletes.”

Some workshop topics include music-related injuries, how to control stage fright, developing stage presence, and stretching and yoga. Many professionals associated with the university will be teaching the workshops. Sivestro Menzano, coordinator of the stress management program at the Counseling Center, will be teaching the Stress and Anxiety Management and Relaxation Techniques workshop. Dance professor Karen Studd will be teaching Laban Movement Analysis for Musicians.

Admission for the entire day is $45. Music professionals may attend for $30, students may attend for $15, and sessions are free to members of the Recording Academy. Any student interested in music, yoga, or stress reduction is encouraged to register. For more information or to register, call (202) 662-1341.

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