As a musician, your physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being is integral to enjoying career longevity and success. Student musicians should develop healthy procedures to maintain mental, neuromusculoskeletal, hearing, and vocal health. 

It is important for musicians to understand how choices impact health and musical performance. These resources are intended to provide an introduction to health concerns of musicians. We encourage all faculty, staff and students to seek professional advice about specific concerns for health or well-being.

If you believe you are developing a performance injury, please confer with your studio instructor and ensemble director(s). Please also take advantage of resources and services available on campus to help you.

Campus Resources

Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS)
Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS), is our on-campus health clinic available to all students, located on the second floor of the Wheelock Student Center.

On-Campus Physical Therapy Clinic
The School of Physical Therapy’s onsite clinic is an amazing resource to Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff. This is a pro-bono clinic run by graduate students under the supervision of expert licensed clinicians. On their website, you will find information and a referral form, which can be either self-referral, or from a healthcare provider. They also host an exercise/wellness group in the fall, which is a great way to cultivate strength and injury prevention. 

Yearly Musician Injury Prevention Screenings
The School of Music partners with the School of Physical Therapy every fall to provide Injury Prevention Screenings specific to musicians. Look out for information on this in September!

Students are encouraged to seek help from licensed medical professionals when appropriate, and consult with CHWS, Physical Therapists, or their private heath care providers if they need additional opinions or resources. The general health and prevention resources below do not qualify as professional medical advice.

Recommended Health & Wellness Resources

Musician’s Way is an excellent website for resources addressing musician health, providing information on health problems seen in musicians, self-care for the musician, nutritional issues, stretches and exercises and more.
Performing Arts Medicine Association works with and for the health of performing artists through education, research, networking, and a commitment to a deep understanding of the special needs associated with the performing arts.


Basic Information on Hearing Health: This site was created by NASM and PAMA as an in-depth resource regarding Musician’s Hearing Health. It covers facts, basic information, information on protection of hearing, and recommendations for faculty and staff in Schools of Music.

More links on Musician’s Hearing Health:

Vocal Health

Protecting Your Vocal Health: Student Information Sheet: This resource created by NASM and PAMA gives basic information and helpful tips for vocalists.

How to Prevent and Repair Vocal Damage: A guide from Baylor University’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences online speech pathology program which outlines the risks of vocal misuse or overuse, ways to practice better vocal hygiene, and how voice therapy can help.

More links on Vocal Health:

Musculoskeletal Health & Prevention

Musicians and MSI: Symptoms and Types of Injuries: An excellent description of the symptoms and pain levels associated with musculoskeletal injuries including detailed descriptions of tendon and muscle disorders, as well as nerve compression and entrapment.

More Links on Musculoskeletal Health:

Psychological Health

Coping with Music Performance Anxiety: this website created by the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire covers the topic of performance anxiety. It gives a definition of anxiety disorders, ways to manage anxiety, and more resources on the subject.

More links on Psychological Health: