Playing Well 1: Anatomy and Movement is the first of four courses in the Playing Well series, which introduces a range of occupational health issues specific to the needs of musicians and provides practical, scientifically grounded approaches to avoiding injury and maintaining health for peak performance.

This course covers anatomy and movement concepts as applied to music making, with particular attention to those structures at risk for repetitive trauma. Course materials are developed by Dr. Serap Bastepe Gray, a member of the Peabody Conservatory Guitar and JHU Department of Neurology faculty, and a licensed occupational therapist with a certification in Performing Arts Medicine from the American College of Sports Medicine and Performing Arts Medicine Association; and Dr. Scott Brown, past president of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and adjunct faculty at the Peabody Conservatory.


This three-credit online course is asynchronous, so you can work through the weekly course material when it’s convenient for you. Through original and curated videos, assigned reading, participation in discussion boards, and individual assignments, you will learn how musicians use their bodies, exploring the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems as well as posture and breathing, and analyzing movements that can cause stress and injury.

Questions?: If you have questions about Playing Well 1: Anatomy and Movement, please contact us at [email protected].

Disability Accommodations: In order to ensure a smooth transition to secure reasonable disability accommodations, students are encouraged to register with Disability Resources no later than thirty days prior to the start of class.  More information regarding the registration process can be found on the Disability Resources webpage.