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The Music and Medicine Symposium

The Music and Medicine Symposium
Achieving Mind-Body Balance to Optimize Performance
February 15-16, 2019
Bethune-Cookman University
Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center
698 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

In today's fast-paced and high-productivity world, it is often a challenge to find a balance of mind, body, and spirit to meet the stressful demands of life. Join us for a two-day symposium with Washington, D.C.- based clinicians, David Kaplan, M.D., and Stephanie Mayer-Sattin, Music Educator, to unlock a healthy balance of mind and body. These insightful workshops combine the power of the brain’s neuroplasticity, Qigong and Tai Chi to help achieve an optimal state of wellness and performance in your life. The symposium is intended to engage students, faculty, medical practitioners, mental health providers, physical therapists, sports medicine professionals, athletes, performing artists, and the community at large. The symposium is FREE and OPEN to the public.
Please complete the registration form following the link online:


(Please wear COMFORTABLE Clothing for participation in the workshops)

10:00am - 11:00am

Registration and light refreshments

11:15am - 12:30pm Opening General Session – Overview of the program and workshops
12:30pm - 1:45pm Lunch on your own
2:00 - 3:00pm

Performing Artists and Athletes: Pre-Craft Engagement (part 1): engaging mind and body in a warm-up routine to prepare oneself to undertake essential elements in one’s personal and/or professional life.

3:15 - 4:15pm

Efficient Student Performance: customizing the pre-craft engagement into everyday life strategies and experiences to cope with daily challenges.

4:30 - 5:30pm Spirituality-Philosophy: developing the principles of spiritual awareness and wellness.


8:30am - 9:00am

Registration and light refreshments

9:00 - 10:00am

Performing Artists and Athletes: Pre-Craft Engagement (part 2): engaging mind and body in a warm-up routine to prepare oneself to undertake essential elements in one’s personal and/or professional life.

10:15 - 11:15am Mental & Physical Health: highlighting the current research in mental and physical health to help bridge eastern and western approaches in rehabilitation and improvement of the individual’s quality of life
11:30am - 12:30pm

Neurological Disorders: hands-on workshop implementing specific strategies to improve control of one’s mind and body in individuals with neuromuscular conditions.

12:30pm - 1:45pm

Lunch on your own

2:00 - 4:00pm


The Research Study workshop consists of the following: 1) a pre-study questionnaire and evaluation of one’s awareness factor and specific mind/body complaints; 2) a physical routine, which combines martial warm-up, acupressure massage, Qi Gong (medication in motion), and elements of Tai Chi; 3) a post-study questionnaire and evaluation, which measures a change in the target group’s performance outcome and mind/body awareness.
4:00pm Symposium sessions adjourn!


Ms. Stephanie Mayer-Sattin, Director of Choral and Instrumental Ensembles, has been a member of the music faculty of the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland since 2000.  On March 9, 2012, Ms. Mayer-Sattin became the first American woman to become the 16th generation Wudang San Feng Pai disciple of Master Yuan Xiu Gang.  Ms.Mayer-Sattin has developed techniques in cooperation with Master Yuan that incorporate elements of Tai Chi and Qigong into the warm-up of the music rehearsals at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland.  Additionally, she has been conducting research with Dr. David Kaplan on the benefits of martial arts to a musician’s brain function and healing.

She earned a B.A. degree in music education from Baylor University and a M.A. degree in choral conducting from the University of Houston. She has studied with Hugh Sanders (Baylor University), Charles Hausmann (Houston Symphony Chorus), Christopher~Seaman (Naples Philharmonic and Rochester Symphony), and Michael Lankester (Hartford Symphony).  Ms. Mayer-Sattin has been Artistic Director of the Washington Civic Opera Association from 1999-2004 and worked with the Glorystar Children’s Chorus Youth Choir for two years. She performed for three and a half years in the professional choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception under the direction of Leo Nestor. Ms. Mayer-Sattin was the conductor for the HaiTien Chorus, a Taiwanese-American adult chorus from 2006-2009.  Ms. Mayer-Sattin has produced CD's and recordings in connection with Mobile Master Recording for Performance Today, National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, the Phillips Collection, and has produced recordings in locations such as the Kennedy Center and the National Cathedral. In the spring of 2006, Ms. Mayer-Sattin was invited to lecture, give workshops, and hold master class sessions in choral conducting in Taiwan at Sun Yat-Sen University in Gaoshung, the Taiwain Women’s College of Arts and Technology, and provide professional development sessions for teachers in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Ms. Mayer-Sattin has taught music for 20 years, her students have performed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Carnegie Hall, Riverside Church in New York City, Canterbury Cathedral in England, and toured China in the summer of 2005.  Ms. Mayer-Sattin was the David S. Stone Excellence in Teaching Award winner for the 2009-2010 school year.

Dr. David B. Kaplan, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his anesthesiology residency at two Massachusetts hospitals, Brigham and Women's Hospital and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Dr. Kaplan followed up with a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at New England Medical Center. After several appointments in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, including at the AI duPont Hospital for Children, and as an assistant professorship at Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Kaplan worked as the Director of Anesthesia at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA and at multi-specialty surgery centers in Reading, PA and Lewes, DE. Board-certified in Anesthesiology, he has co-authored numerous articles and presentations, including several on the early stages of Alzheimer's disease while a visiting scientist at the Institut National de la Santé  et de la Recherche Médicale in Paris. 

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