Got Sleep?


Musicians often seem to forget that sleep is a good thing (my partner Colin Cronin and I often find ourselves competing for who goes to bed later). As one Facebook group puts it:

Instead of sleeping, music majors are either…

A.) Practicing

B.) Doing Theory

C.) sneaking 15 minute naps off random benches (don’t be ashamed)

D.) Crying

E.) Stressing out about Juries

F.) Letting the School of Music take over our Souls

Sure this page is intended for humor, but it highlights a very real truth. How often have you seen a fellow colleague in the School of Music burn the midnight oil, staying up all night in the practice hall or composition lab with a nice cup of coffee (or a pack of energy drinks) then grabbing a couple hours of shut-eye before dashing off to 8am theory in their pajamas?

In other words, “musicians live on little sleep, adrenaline, and humor.”

Colin and Dr. Stephanie Haun have written two articles on sleep and its effects on musicians. Check them out!


8 Responses to Got Sleep?

  1. Jonathan Harnum June 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    A great (and freely available) study on this subject can be found at:

    And another study (not so freely available), specific to sleep and music learning is by music education researchers Amy Simmons and Bob Duke of the University of Texas, Austin:

    Simmons, A. L., & Duke, R. A. (2006). Effects of sleep on performance of a keyboard melody. Journal of Research in Music Education, 54(3), 257-269.

  2. Kaylin July 19, 2016 at 4:10 am #

    Never would have thunk I would find this so inbslpeniadse.

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