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Spark: Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory presents Wellness Friday

A day of sessions for your musical mind, body and wallet takes place Sept. 5


Wellness Friday Schedule


Session for USC Faculty and Staff

It's Not Too Late and It's Not Rocket Science: Personal Retirement Plan

8:30–9:20 a.m. room: Music 006
Rick Ackerman
This special session for music faculty and staff examines seven pieces of a simple retirement plan that you can create now, regardless of how far you are from retirement.

Alexander Technique for the Savvy Music Maker

9:40–10:30 a.m. room: Music 107
Laury Christie
As you refine musical skills, are you aware how your whole body engages in the process? Alexander Technique is the perfect means to complete coordination and prevent injury.

Triumphing Over Stress and Life Pressures

10:50–11:40 a.m. room: Music 210
Walter Cuttino, Toby Lovell, Rebecca Nagel
Musicians regularly encounter stressful circumstances, in and out of their careers. Join a licensed psychologist and two music professionals to learn pro-active approaches for adopting a healthy perspective.

Time Management for Musicians

1:10–2 p.m. room: Music 006
Brian Dusel, Joseph Eller, Scott Herring
Time management is a big challenge facing working musicians. This session, led by professional musicians and the Student Success Center, explores tactics for working efficiently while balancing a fulfilling but complicated lifestyle.

Listen to What Your Body is Whispering

1:10–2 p.m. room: Recital Hall
Jacqueline Herbein
Many musicians habitually practice with too much muscular effort, leading to discomfort, pain, and even injury. Using biofeedback and state-of-the-art technology, guest artist Jackie Herbein shows attendees how to pinpoint and address unhealthy tension.

Earning Strategies for Musicians

4:45–5:45 p.m. room: Music 106
David Cutler, Gordon (Dick) Goodwin, J.D. Shaw
In a competitive and quickly changing musical world, this session examines savvy and innovation strategies for musicians to maximize income.

5:45 Dinner in 006

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6 Habits for Personal Financial Success

6:00–7:15 p.m. room: Music 006
Rick Ackerman
The best time to develop good financial habits is now, when you're still a student. Starting early while using this approach is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

Individual Wellness Coaching

Sept. 5–7 room: 201
One-on-one diagnostic meetings with Jackie Herbein for musicians of all disciplines.
Sign-up sheet on the door of room 106.

Personal Finance Coaching

Sept. 12, 12–5 p.m. room: 106
Individual and small group advisement sessions with Rick Ackerman.
Sign-up sheet on the door of room 106.


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