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Piano Technique

Kathryn Ananda-Owens
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 28 Number 3: Page 175 (September 2013)

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Abstract: I am writing in response to Matthew Arthur's letter in the June issue, and the replies thereafter from Drs. Lee, Riley, Wristen, and Professor Berenson. While I appreciated the replies, I believe they overlook a larger issue in the profession: the fundamental lack of anatomical and biomechanical knowledge among many, and perhaps even most, piano pedagogues. The great pianists with scientific knowledge referenced by Arthur are outliers. Most piano teachers in the United States would not understand Dr. Wristen's mention of flexor activity, much less force loading of the trapezius.

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