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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology


Cello, Performance, Music, Injury, Body awareness


Cellists and other instrumentalists frequently suffer from playing-related injuries, and these can be detrimental to their career and psychological health. There are many ways to treat these injuries, but the most beneficial method is prevention. I want to find ways to help prevent pain and injury by developing good habits in the beginning of their playing. A lack of body awareness is a frequent cause of injury for many musicians. My goal in this research is to find ways of preventing injuries throughout one’s playing career, but more specifically from the very early stages of cello-playing, so that these issues do not become a problem when the stakes are higher. I want to consolidate ways to integrate movement systems, body awareness, healthy practice habits, singing and others into cello pedagogy to help prevent injuries later on.

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