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                                 Graduate Course Approval/Inventory Form
Please complete this form and attach a copy of the syllabus for new courses. Forward it as an email attachment
to the Secretary of the Graduate Council. A printed copy of the form with signatures should be brought to the
Graduate Council Meeting. Complete the Coordinator Form on page 2, if changes in this course will affect
other units.

Please indicate:      __x___ NEW            ____ MODIFY                   ____ DELETE

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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Last term offered:           Previous Course Abbreviation:                Previous number:
Description of modification:

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                                                  GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
                                                    Course Coordination Form

                                                    SAMPLE COURSE OUTLINE
                                                              CVPA 530
                                                     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.

General Objectives:
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
         prevention practices.
     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.

Reading Assignments:
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.

Journal assignment:
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
be arranged.

Grading:          100 points are possible for each one (1) credit section
                  90-100 A
                  80-90 B
                  70-80 C
                  60-70 D
                  0-60 F
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.
            mental aspects
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.

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