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Pilates Breathing Exercises for Upper Body Relaxation

by Eva Stern, Member of Local 134 (Jamestown, NY), Violist with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Teacher of Pilates and Movement for Musicians If you’re reading this article, then good news—you’re breathing! However, it’s a common thing for many of us to breathe shallowly, and even periodically hold our breath, as we move through our […]

Heavy Metal Is Not for Everyone: Skin Allergies and the Professional Musician

Because of the intensity of repeated rehearsals and performances, orchestral players are among the most susceptible to various types of skin issues.

Physicality of Female Brass Musicians

Not until adulthood would I realize that the ever-changing female body could profoundly affect brass playing.

Thyroid Surgery: An Introduction for the Vocal Artist, Singer, and Musician

Sometimes the disease process itself can affect the voice, but thyroid surgery too can cause voice disturbances that musicians, especially singers, should be aware of.

Keep Your Chops and Get Dental Checkups

Regular dental checkups can help prevent and correct many potential problems for wind and brass musicians including teeth grinding, TMJ, dry mouth, etc.

Piano Playing and Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is both a simple and complex issue. Carpal tunnel occurs when your median nerve squeezes and compresses at your wrist.

Body Mapping

Body Mapping teaches musicians to question their own concept of anatomical size, structure, and function to improve facility, ease, and efficiency in playing.

Our Brains Appear Uniquely Tuned for Musical Pitch

In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, the harmonic sounds we hear when listening to music, than our evolutionary relative the macaque monkey.

Summer is Coming, Remember to Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

With the arrival of summer, it is a good time to review and remember the threat that Lyme disease poses to anyone who steps outside.

Prick Up Your Ears: May Is Better Hearing Month

May is National Better Hearing Month and the American Academy of Audiology encourages everyone to make an appointment with an audiologist if they suspect hearing loss for themselves or their loved ones.