Magazine article American Music Teacher

Teaching Healthy Musicianship: The Music Educator's Guide to Injury Prevention and Wellness

Magazine article American Music Teacher

Teaching Healthy Musicianship: The Music Educator's Guide to Injury Prevention and Wellness

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Teaching Healthy Musicianship: The Music Educator's Guide to Injury Prevention and Wellness, by Nancy Taylor. Oxford University Press, 2016. http://global.oup.com; 240 pp., $29.95.

With the publication of Teaching Healthy Musicianship, music teachers have gained a much-needed resource for preventing injury that contains basic instruction in anatomy. As the title suggests, this book is intended for the music educator rather than the student musician or performer. The author is a professional trumpet player who completed a master's degree in occupational therapy--qualifications that lend her credibility and special insight into the role of the music teacher in preventing injury in young students. What makes this book unique is it also includes information on how to prevent injury in the educator himself, whose workplace hazards include sorting sheet music, typing, lifting and moving instruments and conducting an ensemble.

Though there are some references to research studies, it is not written as an academic textbook but rather as an easy-to-read guide to preventing and treating injury. The language used makes it accessible for the average reader without a great deal of knowledge about anatomy or body mechanics. A large number of pictures clarify the many stretches and exercises along with explicit instructions. The chapter on "daily ergonomics" includes information valuable to anyone, such as positions for driving in the car and working at a computer as well as workplace stretches for muscle fatigue. …

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