Understanding the Musician’s Performing Body is a topic that warrants more discussion space into the music students’ training. The goal of this blog or web page is to start a repository of students’ papers on topics related to the musician’s body, and its healthy and optimal use. The page will be active on a regular basis during specific periods where students are available to manage it (when graduate seminars on related topics are offered by the instructor). Its interactive section seeks to create a discussion board on these important topics with the music community and to break barriers between researchers and practitioners.
Through the term, students have acquired knowledge on the anatomy, physiology and mechanics of the body as it relates to music performance. They became familiar with some of the existing literature on the topic. One way to make things evolve is through knowledge transfer. Through this page, students will present their work on various issues related to the body during music playing and hope to communicate and exchange with their peers who have common interests. This page is an active work-in-progress page. It will evolve over the years.
This page is the outcomes of winter 2015 and 2016 seminars on Understanding the Performing Body offered at McGill University, Schulich School of Music. The instructor of this course is Isabelle Cossette. She is the administrator of this site. The posts have been done by the graduate students enrolled in these seminars.
|Deal with it! – Émilie Fortin||Eat well. Play well! – Naomi Dumas|
|The art of Zen music playing – Marina Thibeault|
|Don’t worry, breathe happy! – Suh Hyeamin|
|Take it or leave it! Anxiety in performance situations – Brian Rice|
|Focal dystonia in the hands: A symptom and solution guide – Ryan Gallagher||Whole sense – Nathan Murphy|
|Take the brain train – Francisco L. Reyes Peguero||Will a drink help me think? – Gabriele Thielmann|
|Is an image worth a thousand notes? – Kirsten Leblanc||The deaf musician: an oxymoron? – Jesse Luimes|
|The brain game: practice strategies – MacKenzie Stone||Music neuroscience, what do you think? Kelly Craig|
|Know your instrument: The simplicity of extended techniques – Noam Bierstone|
|Our hands are not transformers – Jared Tehse||Do you feel pain when you play? – Sarah Campbell|
|Practicing and playing-related injuries in pianists: Is there a link? – Magdalena VonEccher||Musicians, how do you keep your hands singing? – Jean-François Hamel|
|Is my embouchure just tired or is it something more serious? – Anna Dickey||Guidelines for teachers: Specific injury prevention methods – Steven Cowan|
|My hand/wrist seems injured? Is it De Quervain? What should I do? –Zhenni Li|