Teaching the Whole Musician: A Guide to Wellness in the Applied Studio

ISBN : 9780190868796

Paola Savvidou
272 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
May 2021
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In Teaching the Whole Musician: A Guide to Wellness in the Applied Studio, author Paola Savvidou empowers applied music instructors to honor and support their students' wellness through compassion-filled conversation tools, hands-on activities for injury prevention, mental health protection, and recovery support. Many music students are facing devastating injuries and emotional peril as they navigate the transition from student to professional. Experts are sounding the alarm for the need to educate students on the negative effects of habits such as postural misalignments, sleep deprivation, and over exertion. In this book, music teachers will learn how to help students develop skills and learn behaviors that will expand their self-awareness as they work towards a fulfilled career in the arts. With a wealth of additional movement experiences, audio files, and downloadable worksheets, the instructor can easily share movement exercises, nutrition diaries, and meditations with their students. The first guidebook of its kind to address wellness for music students in a comprehensive manner geared towards the applied instructor, this volume provides simple yet impactful techniques for approaching all things wellness.


Chapter 1. Setting the Foundation: What is Wellness?
Chapter 2. Parent, Teacher, Mentor, or Psychologist? The Multifaceted Role of the Applied Instructor
Chapter 3. Is It Tendinitis? Common Physical Injuries
Chapter 4. Stacking the Joints: Physical Alignment
Chapter 5. Protecting the Body: Injury Prevention
Chapter 6. Expressive Performance: Laban Movement Analysis
Chapter 7. The Power of the Mind: Mental Health
Chapter 8. Turning Inwards: Contemplative Practices
Chapter 9. Fueling the Body and Mind: Nutrition and Sleep

About the author: 

Paola Savvidou is a pianist, pedagogue, and wellness advocate. She serves as Wellness Initiative Program Manager and Adjunct Lecturer in Piano at the University of Michigan. Among her honors are two Article of the Year awards by the Music Teachers National Association for her publications. She is an avid presenter on pedagogical applications of Laban Movement Analysis, yoga, meditation, and Motivational Interviewing within the music studio setting.

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