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Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Peabody Institute’s Playing Well program of study.

About These Courses

About Playing Well

About These Courses

How do I register for courses?

Go to online.peabody.jhu.edu and click on the course you are interested in (courses available for purchase appear without a lock icon – future courses appear with a lock icon). Add the course to your shopping cart and submit payment. You will receive email notifications with more detailed instructions once your purchase has been approved. You are free to begin your learning immediately after you have paid.

Is there any application or prerequisite requirement to be admitted to these courses?

No! The Playing Well curriculum is open to anyone interested in practical, scientifically grounded approaches to avoid injury and maintain health for peak performance and career longevity as an instrumental musician.

How do I access my courses?

To access your course, please complete the following steps:

  1. Navigate to https://online.peabody.jhu.edu
  2. Press the Sign In button.
    If you are signing in from Johns Hopkins, click “Click here to log in with your JHU credentials for content from the Peabody Institute.” underneath the main button.
  3. Insert your username and password into the login form.
    If you have trouble logging in, use the link to reset your password.
  4. Press Sign In again.
  5. Your dashboard with your course will be displayed.
  6. Click on the course to get started.

If you are a Johns Hopkins affiliate, please note that you need to log in with the same user name (either your JHED ID or another ID) every time you enter the course – otherwise you will create two accounts.

Who is the instructor for these courses?

The Playing Well Non-Credit courses have been curated by experts from the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and elsewhere. The primary course developer is Dr. Serap Bastepe-Gray. Throughout the courses, you will be exposed to multiple expert perspectives, including musicians, music pedagogues, performing arts medicine specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and somatic educators (including Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and others).

What do I do if I have a question about the course content or a problem with access to the course materials or other technical issues?

Please check this FAQ page to see if your question appears here. If you cannot find the answer, please email peabodyonline@jhu.edu. Your inquiry will be answered within 48 hours.

Do I have to do all of the activities?

Because these are non-credit, self-paced courses, everything is up to you. The materials, including the course content, resources, activities and tests, have been carefully constructed and curated by our faculty here at the Peabody Institute. To achieve the intended outcomes of the course, it is recommended that you complete everything as it is presented for you.

Do I get a grade in this course?

Your score in the course is determined solely by the final exam grade. The final exam unlocks once you have scored at least 80% on each of the topic quizzes, which you can take as many times as you wish. The passing grade for final exam is also 80%. None of your other work (e.g. reflections, analysis) is evaluated in this course format – it’s up to you to engage with the materials in the ways that are most valuable to you.

Can I take this course for credit?

This course is not for credit, but the Playing Well curriculum is also available in a for-credit version. For more information, visit our online for-credit offerings.

Do I need a textbook for this course?

All textbook materials are included in the course. We recommend that you download the companion workbook for self-study.

Can I download materials from the course?

Yes, you may download and save the workbook and all course PDFs.

What tools do you recommend for self-study?

To complete the course activities, download the companion workbook, designed for use in the practice room and as a place to complete and store lesson activities. You may also find a mirror, phone, tablet or laptop helpful for analyzing your movements.

How long does it take to complete this course?

The course is designed to take about 8 hours to complete. But because these are non-credit, self-paced courses, everything is up to you. The materials, including the course content, resources, activities and tests, have been carefully constructed and curated by our faculty here at the Peabody Institute. To achieve the intended outcomes of the course, it is recommended that you complete everything as it is presented for you.

How many hours per week do I need to spend?

The course is built to accommodate a variety of schedules. Work through the materials over days, weeks, or months – it’s completely up to you!

How long do I have access to the course and materials?

You have access to the course for 6 months starting with the day you first access the course.

About Playing Well

Are Playing Well courses instrument-specific?

The Playing Well courses address all instruments. Throughout the courses, reference is made to specific instruments when the topic is directly related to the unique circumstances of playing them.

Does Playing Well address singing and singing health?

Playing Well is designed specifically for instrumental musicians. While many of the topics are pertinent to singers, this curriculum was designed to address the need for information about the body while playing and strategies for avoiding injury as an instrumental musician.

Are there other Playing Well course series beyond Anatomy + Movement?

Yes! Coming soon:

  • Musicians’ Playing-Related Medical Conditions and Treatments
  • Injury Prevention and Retraining Strategies for Instrumental Musicians
  • Mental Fitness for Performing Artists

If I take all the courses in the Anatomy + Movement series, can I get a certificate of completion?

Yes, certificates of completion will be made available as the course collection expands.

Do I have to take all of the courses in a series? What order can I take them in?

It’s up to you. Our recommendation is to take all of the material in the order listed, but you may choose to skip from Starting Your Anatomy Study to a specific course if you desire.

What if I already know some of the material?

You are welcome to skip that material, but keep in mind that this curriculum’s unique feature is the application of anatomy study specifically to instrumental musicians, so you may miss some of the relevant approaches to your discipline. Also keep in mind that you must pass each quiz to be able to access the final exam.

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