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Curtis Institute of Music

John de Lancie Library

Rock Online Catalog

Musicians' Health and Wellness: Web Resources

A subject guide to musicians' health and wellness resources

Educational Systems/Processes

Feldenkrais Method
Alexander Technique
Body Mapping

Performing Arts Medicine

Healthy Musicians and Injury Prevention

Musicians Health and the Chiropractic Performing Arts Network
An educational web site devoted to the understanding and the explanation of musician's injuries, along with guidelines regarding injury prevention, optimizing your musical performance, and for achieving an optimum state of health.  The Chiropractic Performing Arts Network is a volunteer organization of chiropractors who have an avid interest in working with performing artists.

FACEit! [computer file] : achieve injury-free performance / developed by the Physical Therapy and Music Departments at UM-Flint, Ellen Walker, and Lucinda Pfalzer.

H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness)
A non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of noise exposure that can lead to permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.

Playing the Piano : Playing with Fire? - A Study of the Occupational Hazards of Piano Playing by Jonas Sen

Oh, My Aching Back! by Victor Sazer
Good seating techniques.

Hands On!
Performance health newsletter online for flutists.

Voxcura: Voice Care Specialists
Resources for singers.

A website dedicated to free, expressive piano playing and the elimination of pianists' injuries by Thomas Carson Mark.

Well-Balanced Pianist
Information on musicianship, healthy piano technique, healthy mindset, bodywork and exercise, and piano pedagogy.

Hand Care for Musicians: How to Avoid Injury in Your Musical Life

Tendonitis Problems of Musicians - Identification, Prevention, Treatment by Phil & Vision Williams

Musician's Nightmare
An article by Kate Montgomery detailing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in musicians with stretches and exercises for prevention and relief of symptoms.

Musicians with Dystonia
Information on dystonia and discussions.

The Bulletproof Musician
Overcoming performance anxiety and stage fright


Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Official Journal of the Performing Arts Medical Association
The first clinical medical journal devoted to the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of medical and psychological disorders related to the performing arts. Original peer-reviewed research papers cover topics including neurologic disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, voice and hearing disorders, anxieties, stress, substance abuse, disorders of aging, and other health issues related to actors, dancers, singers, musicians, and other performers.

Medical Problems of Performing Artists is also available in print in the Library.

Musicians' health articles
Photocopies prepared by Jacques Voois, 2008: "Medicine in the service of music: health and injury on the podium" by Dr. John J. Kella; "Performing arts medicine websites"; "Categories of injuries to the hand, wrist and arm of instrumental musicians"; "Essential skills for promiting a lifelong love of music and music-making" by Barbara Lister-Sink; "Noise-induced hearing loss" by Douglas T. Owens; "Coping with stage fright" by Michael Goode; "You are your instrument" by Julie Lyonn Lieberman; "Enhancing your musical performance abilities" by Lesley Sisterhen; "The basic three-step loop of mental practice"; "Music on the mind" by Sharon Begley; "With both hands, Leon Fleisher at the piano" by Allan Kozinn.

Student Health 101: a monthly online publication for students to read about wellness and fitness topics, locate resources and links, and discover new developments in physical and behavioral health and well-being. Past editions are available for your reading pleasure.