USC Courses of Interest

The courses below are offered at USC and can be a great way to have structured expert instruction in wellness-related subjects. It is recommended that students speak with the instructor of the course and consult with their private teacher before deciding to enroll for any of these courses.

(Note: all PHED courses listed below are lower division courses that could not be taken for graduate-level credit.)

MUSC 475 Musician’s Health and Wellness (2 units – spring semester only)
Instructor: Bill Kanengiser (
Covering topics vital to a musician’s long-term wellbeing, including: Injury prevention and recovery; warmup and stretching routines; hearing protection; Sports Psychology strategies; performance anxiety management; and many others.

THTR 419 Alexander Technique for Performers (2 units)
Instructor: Babette Markus (
Training and practice in the work of F. M. Alexander. A clear and systematic look into the underlying principles that govern human movement.

PHED 102 Weight Training (1 unit)
Contact: Steve VanKanegan (
Improvement of body shape, muscle endurance, and muscle strength; understanding of weight training and nutrition principles that can be utilized for future weight training development.

PHED 106 Physical Conditioning (1 unit)
Contact: Steve VanKanegan (
Improvement in cardiorespiratory endurance, body composition, muscle endurance and flexibility; running, circuit training, resistance exercises; fitness principles and nutrition to develop individualized program.

PHED 118 Sleep for Peak Performance (2 units)
Contact: Steve VanKanegan (
Introduction to sleep as it relates to physical and mental performance; breathing and meditation modalities to support healthy sleep; study of sleep systems, disorders, strategies.

PHED 119 Introduction to Mindfulness (2 units)
Contact: Steve VanKanegan (
Introduction to the principles of mindfulness; application of learned techniques to enhance mind body awareness; cultivate strategies to improve physical and mental health.

PHED 120 Yoga (1 unit)
Contact: Steve VanKanegan (
Introduction to meditation, breathing techniques and postures as a means towards relaxation; increase muscle flexibility, understanding of basic anatomy and nutritional guidelines.

PHED 129 Aerobic Fitness (1 unit)
Contact: Steve VanKanegan (
Group fitness instruction incorporating a variety of training methods such as cycling, HITT (high intensity interval training), step, circuits; nutritional guidelines.

PHED 160 Stress Management for Healthy Living (2 units)
Contact: Steve VanKanegan (
Instruction on the effects of stress as it relates to work, sport and academics; coping strategies are discussed and applied through physical conditioning interventions.