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Knowledge and Practices of Piano Teachers in Preventing Playing-related Injuries in High School Students

Margaret Redmond Anne M. Tiernan
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 16 Number 1: Page 32 (March 2001)

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Abstract: The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine what playing-related injury prevention principles piano instructors teach their high-school-aged students. Forty-two piano instructors who are members of the Washington State Music Teachers Association completed a survey. Findings indicated that the participants had received education in injury prevention, most frequently from their teachers or colleagues. The principles that the participants were most likely to teach their students included proper body mechanics and posture, specific playing techniques, importance of warm-up, and choosing repertoire that was appropriate for the student's physical abilities. Some topics varied significantly depending on the participant's age and years of teaching experience. Most participants desired more information on playing-related injury prevention, but appeared hesitant to provide students with information that was outside of their experience. It is recommended that health care professionals and piano instructors collaborate to provide resources for injury prevention.

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