George Mason University
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Local Unit: CVPA Graduate Council Approval Date:
Course Abbreviation: CVPA Course Number: 530
Full Course Title: Topics in Arts and Wellness
Abbreviated Course Title (24 characters max.): Topics in Arts & Wellness
Credit hours: 1-3 Program of Record: CVPA
Repeatable for Credit? __x_ D=Yes, not within same term Up to hours 9
___ T=Yes, within the same term Up to hours
___ N=Cannot be repeated for credit
Activity Code (please indicate): __x_ Lecture (LEC) ___ Lab (LAB) ___ Recitation (RCT)
___ Studio (STU) ___ Internship (INT) ___ Independent Study (IND) _x__ Seminar (SEM)
Catalog Credit Format 1-3:1-3:0 Course Level: GF(500-600) __x__ GA(700+) ____
Maximum Enrollment: 20 For NEW courses, first term to be offered: 200710
Prerequisites or corequisistes: 90 hours or permission of instructor
Catalog Description (35 words or less) Please use catalog format and attach a copy of the syllabus for new
CVPA 530 Topics in Arts and Wellness (1-3:1-3:0). Prerequisite: 90 hours or permission of the instructor. In
depth presentation and exploration of topical studies in arts and wellness and/or related areas (e.g., injury
prevention, performance enhancement, health and wellness training to educators and arts professionals). Topic
depends on instructor. May be repeated up to 9 credits taken under different topics.
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Course Coordination Form
SAMPLE COURSE OUTLINE
Topics in Arts and Wellness
Day and Time: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Alexander Technique: Carol Boggs and colleagues TBA
Wellness practices and performance psychology: David Sternbach:
Performance, and artistic work-related risk factors Guest Instructors TBA
Pre-requisites: 90 hours or by special permission of the instructors
Texts and Materials:
Alexander, J.R. (1994) The Alexander Technique. London, N.Y. Free Press.
Loehr, James (1997). Stress for Success. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.
Loehr, James (1995). The New Toughness Training for Sports. New York, NY: Plume:Penguin.
Loehr, James, (2004) The Power of Full Engagement. N.Y.Simon Schuster.
Sternbach, D. (2004.) Wellness Practices for Creative Artists: course material. GMU print office.
Horvath, Janet (2004) Playing Less Hurt. Self-Published. Available at web site same name.
Murphy, Michael, and White, Rhea, In The Zone. (1995) N.Y. Penguin.
At the completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of Alexander Technique Postural and Movement Re-education.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of risk factors associated with making music, dance, acting, studio artistic work, and
3. Describe and discuss how wellness practices enhance performance objectives.
Participation and attendance:
Students will be expected to attend every class and participate fully in all class discussions and activities. This class contains material
and information not readily available outside of the classroom.
There will be written assignments in required texts, course material, readings on e- reserve and on townhall, class handouts, and other
assigned course materials. Additional reading assignments as assigned by the instructor.
Students will maintain a journal of response writings to assigned readings, discussions, and lectures. These writings will demonstrate
students’ individual thought and understanding of course materials. Periodic evaluation by the instructor on journal assignments will
Grading: 100 points are possible for each one (1) credit section
Each of the three sections may be taken individually (1-3)
Each section carries a grade value of 100.
Grading will be based on participation in class exercises, readings and reader response papers, a research paper for each section on a
selected topic, and journaling reports.
Course Outline Topics in Arts and Wellness
Week Topics/ Activities/Readings Topics/ Activities/Readings
1 Alexander Technique classes 1 and 2 Content, Process, and Context. Practice
objectives and elements of ideal
2 Alexander Technique classes 3 and 4 Developmental and learning issues
contributing to problems in posture and
3 Alexander Technique classes 5 and 6 Awareness of the body in space and in
relation to others, utilized in teaching,
practicing and performing.
4 Physical risk factors for musicians, Breakout Physical and toxic chemical risk factors
dancers and actors. RSI’s. Causes & sessions for studio artists.
prevention. for both
5 Anatomy and physiology for OSHA standards for safe workplaces
6 Performers and injuries. Body-mind Psychological overwork factors; stress,
connection; stress and injury. deadline pressures, self-isolation
7 An early warning radar system for Environmental and Self-monitoring skills
stress and/or RSI’s. When to self-treat, for stress management. What to do and
when to get help, how to know the what not to do.
8 Hazards of the practice room & Self-renewal, relaxation techniques.
practice studios. Presentation by Arts Importance of fitness and exercise for
Medicine expert studio artists
9 Performance Anxiety 1: The Psychological issues in the lives of studio
Generalized Stress Response; physical, artists, I.
10 Performance Anxiety, II Coping Psychological issues in the lives of studio
skills. Practice routines. artists, II.
11 The performer as athlete. The mental Applying principles of the Ideal
game Performance State from sports to artistic
12 The Zone, I. Creating conditions for The Zone II.
high level functioning
13 Training excellence. Ed Psych/ Sports Accessing and cultivating Flow, Ideal
Psychology models Performing States (IPS)
14 School recess School recess
15 Training excellence. Ed Psych/ Sports Cultivating patience, frustration tolerance
Psychology models and developing self-regulation in the
service of the ego.
Note: syllabus is subject to changes in the course of the semester.