Melissa Hullman

Melissa Hullman has designed peak performance for musicians programs for over 1100 individual artists and music organizations in the US and abroad. A somatic educator, violinist, pedagogue, and musicians' wellness advocate, her knowledge of the demands of music performance and her expertise in sensory-motor awareness training for peak performance have enabled her to sensitively and accurately assist elite musicians with performance-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMD). Presentations and institutional partnerships include orchestras, festivals, and conservatories in North and South America (partial listing): 

  • American String Teacher's Association National Conference
  • Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
  • Mid-Atlantic Flute Society Convention
  • Maryland State MedChi Conference on Medical Problems of Musicians
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras
  • Sphinx Organization
  • International Suzuki Festival de Peru
  • Festival Internacional Musica de Colombia   


and her private clients include students and faculty at major conservatories in the US and abroad (partial listing):

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  • The Juilliard School
  • Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra 
  • New England Conservatory
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Sphinx Virtuosi
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • "The President's Own" United States Marine Band 
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Sphinx Symphony
  • The University of Michigan
  • Boston Philharmonic
  • National Conservatory of Colombia
  • Bogota Philharmonic
  • National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia
  • Soulful Symphony
  • Music Institute of Chicago
  • Boston University
  • Ithaca College


Ms. Hullman is on the Performing Arts and Medicine faculty of Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Conservatory and teaches privately. She served on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University for eight years, as a member of the violin and viola faculty, before leaving that position in order to dedicate more time to Balanced Musician programs. In 2015-2016, she was invited to serve on the Peabody Institute's Music and Medicine Task Force.

Ms. Hullman received her RYT certification through the Yoga Alliance. Her yoga therapy training and her studies in Dalcoze Eurhythmics with Robert Abramson (Juilliard), neuroscrience of meditation and Integrative Restoration (iRest) with Richard Miller, PhD, and music perception and cognition with Marianne Ploger (Associate Professor of Music Perception and Cognition, Vanderbilt University) have been integral in developing her understanding and approach to sensory-motor awareness training in musicians. She holds an iRest Teacher-in-Training Level I certificate from the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI).  

Her work has also been influenced by the work of Karen Tuttle (Coordination), Moshe Feldenkrais (Feldenkrais), Tom Myers (Anatomy Trains), Gray Cook (Functional Movement Systems), Clair Davies (Trigger Point Therapy), and Thomas Hanna (Hanna Somatics). She is a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), among others.

Photo credit: Janna Rice Photography

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