Duquesne University and the Mary Pappert School of Music are committed to education of the mind, heart and spirit of each student. The Mary Pappert School of Music attends to the health, wellness, and safety of musicians; the suitable choices of equipment and technology for specific purposes; the appropriate and safe operation of equipment and technology; and the acoustic conditions associated with health and safety in practice rehearsal, performance, and facilities. 

As musicians, health, wellness, and safety are essential to occupational success. The Mary Pappert School of Music provides several on-site resources as you seek to support your health:

  • Courses in Alexander Technique and Eurhythmics in Performance to improve body awareness to support your technique and artistry
  • Complimentary earplugs for all music students, available in the main office
  • A dedicated Health/Wellness event each semester, open to all music students
  • Partnerships with the Voice and Upper Airway Clinic and the Audiology Clinic in the Department of Speech Language Pathology at Duquesne University to offer students baseline voice and hearing screenings
  • On-site support with Linda Donovan from Spiritan Campus Ministry

Should you have questions, please contact Caron Daley, Mary Pappert School of Music Ombuds for Heath, Wellness, and Safety

The Center for Student Wellbeing

Students are also encouraged to make use of campus health and wellness resources:

Counseling Services

Health Services

Recreation Services

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Linda Donovan, Campus Minister

Linda has been a Campus Minister at Duquesne for well over a decade. Before that, she was a Director of Religious Education and Master Catechist for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She also has a performance background in dance, theater, and choreography. (As she said, it never leaves your DNA!) On campus, Linda is a spiritual advisor to SGA and the Delta Chi fraternity and campus advisor to the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, Delight Ministries, and the Consistent Ethic of Life group. Some of you may already know her through your participation in choir and other activities, but if not, you are encouraged to stop by and say hello. She is here to be additional support—a sounding board, a listening ear, and she is available to offer some gentle guidance as needed.

Want to Talk to Linda?

Linda Donovan

Spiritan Campus Ministry

NASM & PAMA Resources

The National Association for Schools of Music partners with the Performing Arts Medicine Association to offer important advisories on hearing health, musculoskeletal health, vocal health, and psychological health. Please read the following guides:

Hearing Health

This guide provides basic information to music students about hearing health and noise-induced hearing loss.

Musculoskeletal and Vocal Health

This guide provides basic information to music students about neuromusculoskeletal and vocal health and injury prevention.

Psychological Health

This research review presents current scientific evidence supporting psychological health and wellness for music students.