The Wellness Initiative for Students at Eastman, or WISE, is a series of events, workshops, and resources throughout the academic year. These services are meant to support the well-being of students and complement the academic rigor of the Eastman School of Music.
The WISE program works with Amy Jo Metzendorf to provide weekly, free yoga classes to Eastman students. The classes are held in Annex 902 on Fridays at 6 pm. Yoga mats are not provided, but can be purchased in the Office of Student Life for $5. Yoga is aimed at uniting the mind, body, and spirit together as one.Great for: Posture, Strength, Endurance, Flexibility, Balance, and Emotional Well Being.
Coach Dom Arioli from Roc Boxing leads a weekly boxing class, sponsored by the Wellness Initiative for Students at Eastman. The weekly, free classes are on Saturdays at 4 pm at the YMCA. Boxing is not just a great cardio and calorie burning (350-500 cal/hour!) sport. Boxing can help with so much more! It’s great for: Strength, Endurance, Flexibility, and Balance. Sign up online.
C. Raksha Elmer, LMT, will offer 30-minute or 60-minute table massages for undergraduate and graduate students. You must make an appointment at the Office of Student Life during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm). The cost of a 30-minute session is $20, and a 60-minute session is $50. Payment to the Office of Student Life by cash or check must be made at the time of the appointment, and cancellations within 24 hours of the appointment will not be refunded.
Studio and Classroom Wellness Program
As part of WISE, the Studio and Classroom Wellness Program provides funding opportunities to ESM collegiate faculty for wellness programs within studio and classroom settings. Generally, funding for these opportunities is limited to $150 per year. Faculty and departments interested in holding department, rehearsal, or school-wide programs should contact the Office of Student Life to discuss funding opportunities. Department, rehearsal, and school-wide programs may be funded at higher levels. For assistance in finding a wellness provider, please contact the Office of Student Life. To apply for funding, please fill out the online form.
WISE words is a newsletter provided by the Wellness Initiative for Students at Eastman that covers a variety of wellness topics with a sense of humor. Questions for the “Dear Philharmena” column should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
The WISE program makes high-fidelity earplugs available to all Eastman students, free of cost. Regular use of high-fidelity earplugs while practicing, performing and listening to music may protect you from the cumulative effects of overexposure to loud sounds throughout your life (Etymotic Research, www.etymotic.com). Stop by the Office of Student Life for your free set!
This directory was created by McMillan Gaither in 2010, during his year as the ESM Wellness Initiative (WISE) Intern through the Arts Leadership Program. This directory is meant to serve as a resource for Eastman students wishing to expand their participation in wellness activities. The Wellness Directory is now maintained by the Eastman Office of Student Life.
- Wellness Directory (PDF, updated February 2013)