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Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 | 1:00-3:30 PM | Music Building

All CMU students are welcome to join us for this winter's Performance Wellness Day! Special topics covered are perfect for every type of performer, including musicians, dancers, and actors. This event is hosted by the School of Music's Musician's Wellness Group. 

All events are free and open to any CMU student. 

Special Topics & Activities


Mindful Music

Abigail Shepard
School of Music student

A Mindful Path to Peak Performance

How the practice of mindfulness can provide musicians with the skills they need to practice and perform at their best.

Abigail Shepard is an undergraduate saxophone student at Central Michigan University studying music and psychology. As a researcher, Abigail investigates how mindfulness can improve the practicing methods and well-being of musicians and has presented her work at multiple conferences and universities across the state and the nation.



Tammy Griffin
CHIP Facility

If you want A’s….get your ZZZZZs!

Discover the importance and power of sleep. Learn tips and tricks for using that power to enhance your performance and success in everything you do.

Tammy Griffin, MA, is the Manager of Employee Health & Wellness and a member of CMU’s Central Health Improvement Program (CHIP) staff, a nationally recognized in-house rehabilitation program.



Dr. Kimberly O'Brian
Department of Psychology

The physical and mental effects of stress on the body and what it means for performers.

Kimberly O’Brien, Ph.D., received her psychology degree from the University of South Florida with an emphasis on occupational health. She teaches the Health Psychology classes at CMU, in which she discusses, among other things, why people smoke when they know it isn't healthy and how positive mood affects disease progression.


Performance Anxiety

Dr. Alexandra Mascolo-David
School of Music

A Brief Overview of Effective Performance Anxiety Management Techniques

While a certain amount of performance anxiety is normal and necessary in order to deliver an exciting performance, too much of it can be disabling and detrimental to the quality of the performance. Get practical solutions to help managing excess anxiety in the context of musical performances.

Alexandra Mascolo-David, DMA, is an active participant in the movement devoted to performance anxiety management. Her contributions to this cause include the development and implementation of a successful performance anxiety management course at CMU, MUS 191, as well as lectures and workshops presented hroughout the US and abroad.


Dr. Sarah K. Grinn
Department of Audiology

The mechanisms of musical damage to our hearing, real-world challenges for musicians with hearing loss, and proven hearing loss prevention methods, including the use of custom musician's hearing protection.

Sarah K. Grinn, Ph.D., Aud.D., is a musician, audiologist, and faculty member in the CMU Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, with research in individual vulnerability to noise-induced hearing loss and clinically prescribing custom 3D laser-scanned hearing protection devices for individuals exposed to hazardously loud sounds.


Introduction to Yoga

Kristin Batzner
Red Bloom Yoga

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Learn why yoga can be fabulous for performers. Yoga mats and clothes not required.

Kristin Batzner Kris is owner of RedBloom Yoga & Center for Community Wellness and runs Kula Yoga Outreach in Mt. Pleasant, Mi. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance.