Musician Wellness

Empowering Musicians: Leading A Healthy And Fulfilling Life

Gail Berenson, chair


MTNA has been a powerful advocate for musicians’ health for more than 30 years and will continue this effort with its sixth consecutive Pedagogy Saturday Wellness track, bringing together musicians and medical professionals passionately seeking to empower musicians to achieve their potential. This year we will spend the morning focusing on the essential topics of hearing preservation, vocal health and anxiety management tactics. In the afternoon we will tackle the vital subject of practicing—distinguishing between efficient strategies and those which are detrimental, employing ideas from sports medicine and cognitive science, and understanding how the brain impacts our practicing habits. Three pianists return to expand upon and share their insights gained from dealing with focal dystonia that have positively impacted their lives and their students. Take advantage of the presence of all these experts and the indispensable information they will offer that crosses all disciplines and skill levels. Don’t miss out on this life-enhancing day!

(Subject to Change)

8:00–8:10 a.m.

Welcome And Introductory Remarks
  • Gail Berenson, NCTM, Ohio University emeritus, University Park, Florida

8:10–9:00 a.m.

Staying In Tune With Hearing Health: Lessons From A Music Audiologist


  • Heather Malyuk, Soundcheck Audiology, Streetsboro, Ohio

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Demystify The Voice

  • Rachael Gates, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Practice Strategies For Performance Anxiety Management
  • Vanessa Cornett, NCTM, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch On Your Own

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Practicing For Peak Performance
  • Christine Guptill, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Practicing With The Brain In Mind
  • Lois Svard, NCTM, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Dealing With Dystonia, Part II: From Impairment To Empowerment

  • Noel Engebretson, NCTM, Steinway Artist, New York, New York; James Litzelman, NCTM, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; Charles Turon, Bradenton, Florida

4:30–5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks And Q &A

  • Gail Berenson, NCTM, Ohio University emeritus, University Park, Florida