Singing utlilizes contractions and muscle movements in the mouth, voice box, and diaphragm in a highly controlled way. The movements are on a smaller scale than if you were doing push-ups or running, but you still have to take care of your mind and body in order to sing properly. We all know that our […]
Playing Well with Dr. Kertz — Bring Your Instrument to the Doctor With You
After nine months of COVID, maybe you’ve found yourself playing your instrument a lot more than in years past and, as a result, perhaps you’re finding some repetitive motion-type pains and injuries in your body. If you’re going to a doctor for an end-of-year checkup, and you want him/her to look at your music performance-related […]
Pilates for Musicians – What is it?
Most people have an idea of what Pilates might be, and usually that idea involves lots of abdominal work in a group class at a gym. While that’s a common misconception, Pilates is a much larger method of movement involving specific equipment, springs, and over 600 exercises, created by a man named Joseph Pilates. While […]
Playing Well with Dr. Kertz — String Player Health
In this month’s video, Dr. Randy Kertz discusses how classical string musicians can avoid injury by being aware of their balance as they play. Dr. Kertz’s monthly column addresses how musicians can avoid injury, how they can identify things they may do to cause injury, and offer general health information and tips for musicians of […]
What Every Violinist Needs to Know about the Body
Presents a detailed explanation of Body Mapping accompanied by numerous illustrations.
Ally Brown — Masterful Violinist on Taming Pain
I love a challenge. If I am approached with a project that addresses a style I haven’t worked with before, or I am asked to advise on coordinating the string parts themselves, I am all in. And it’s not for any lack of interest with other projects that I’m associated with, but I have this obsession with growth through experience…
Saxophonist Prateek Thakur Triumphs Through Music
At a young age, Prateek was diagnosed with impaired hearing, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a music teacher. He had to work twice as hard to make sure he was successful. Whenever one of his students feels discouraged, he always tells them that if he can accomplish his dream despite all the challenges he faced, anyone can do it.
Conn-Selmer Face Mask for Musicians
The Conn-Selmer facemask, model CSFM1, is a deluxe adjustable one-size-fits all facemask designed with an opening to allow the musician to play his/her instrument while having a fully functional facemask when not playing an instrument. It is made from 92% poly, 8% spandex, a medium fabric weight of 240 GSM (grams per square metre), and […]
Playing Well with Dr. Kertz — good posture equals effective breathing
In this month’s video, Dr. Randy Kertz discusses better health practices for musicians who play brass and woodwind instruments, specifically, posture. Posture plays a large part in effective breathing techniques, which affects stamina, tone, and playability. In short, if your posture is lousy, your breathing is not as effective. Dr. Kertz’s monthly column addresses how […]
Songwriting: Three Essentials for a Song to Be Therapeutic
It’s rare that songwriters set out to write a new song with the goal of making it “therapeutic” for their listeners. Most of us write songs because we enjoy the process, and many of us find it therapeutic. Some of us also write songs because we’re dreaming of that big hit. (Who hasn’t secretly entertained […]