Master of Arts Music, Musicians’ Wellness profile (MA)
Master of Music, Musicians’ Wellness profile (MA)

Short duration MA

Become an expert in musicians’ health and well-being.

Sometimes musicians don’t fully know their first instrument — their body! This can lead to pain, injuries and performance anxiety. This program looks at the complex issues of musicians’ health and well-being. You will learn about a variety of strategic approaches based on scientific data that will enable you to gain a better understanding of how to prevent, treat or heal injuries and pain. You will also learn about the factors that contribute to musicians’ anxiety issues. The program is designed for musicians, music teachers and health professionals interested in acquiring specialized knowledge allowing them to meet musicians’ growing health problems.

Be in the forefront of music in Canada.

The University of Ottawa School of Music is among the few offering a full master’s in musicians’ health and well-being, particularly in prevention and treatment of pain and injuries, as well as performance anxiety. Through innovative research, professors apply academic rigour to music pedagogy.

Put your knowledge to work at the Musicians’ Wellness Centre.

The school has launched a Musicians’ Wellness Centre dedicated to clinical research and professional training, not to mention a network of health care services. You can complete an internship there to gain professional experience and work with experts in fields such as physiotherapy, yoga, Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Method, audiology and mindfulness meditation.

Student testimonial

Raina Saunders

The Musicians’ Wellness profile courses allowed me to study unique and highly relevant topics not usually included in university music programs. As a performing violinist, I learned practical skills to address playing-related injuries and performance anxiety, such as stretching techniques for musicians, goal setting for performance excellence and mindfulness exercises. Through the Practicum course, I gained invaluable work experience in arts administration, including event planning, web content development and videography, when helping to launch and run the Musicians’ Wellness Centre.

-Raina Saunders, MA in Piano Pedagogy, August 2020
Classical violinist, music teacher and freelance musician


Learn more on graduate and postdoctoral studies



  • Coursework (12 months)


  • Full- or part-time program
  • In-person courses and distance education via videoconferencing
  • September or January start
  • Courses taught in English
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