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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and understanding of basic anatomy and nutritional guidelines.

PHED 129 Cardio Group Fitness (1 unit)
Contact: Steve VanKanegan (
Group fitness instruction incorporating a variety of training methods such as cycling, HITT (high intensity interval training), step and circuits in addition to 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.