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Drawing on Peabody’s rich history of professional arts training and its alliance with some of the world’s best medical care providers and researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Peabody Prescribe classes explore the areas where music and dance intersect with health and wellness.

All Peabody Prescribe classes, listed below, will be delivered online via Zoom.

PD Strummers

Instructor: Sean Brennan
Dates: Tuesdays, June 22 through July 27, 10:30- 11:30 am EDT
Fees: $219.00
Class is full

PD Strummers is a unique program for people with Parkinson's disease.

The course develops essential principles of guitar technique, fundamental musical skills, and builds musicianship through ensemble-based repertoire. When immersing in PD Strummers, participants’ attention moves away from illness and focuses the mind on music-making that elevates the mood and spirit. Learning and playing together in the group has helped increase participants’ rhythmic movement, understanding of the instrument, and confidence of emotional expression, while cultivating a sense of community.

This course was developed through the generous support of a Dean’s Incentive Grant from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Reduction in price made possible with the help of donor support.

Playing Well

Instructors: Serap Bastepe-Gray, MD, MM, MSOT and Scott E. Brown, MD
Dates: 8 hours of asynchronous, self-paced learning
Fees: $249 for 6 months of access

Looking to avoid injury and maintain peak performance? The Peabody Institute’s Playing Well program of study gives instrumental musicians what they need to know for optimal performance health. Learn about common musicians’ injuries and syndromes, as well as movements and positions that may prevent pain and decrease the likelihood of injury, with expert guidance to help you take what you learn into the practice room — and onto the stage.