- Jaume Rosset i Llobet, Centre for the Physiology of the Arts, Spain and George Odam, formerly of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK
Musicians suffer greatly from industry-related injury and illness, and many of these problems are established during student days or even before. This affects all forms of music-making from classical through jazz and rock to traditional folk. Hearing damage is of serious concern in most forms of music-making, but the most stressful situations and the most physical damage is recorded in the practice of classical music. The long hours of practice at the beginning of a musician's career are the main source of problems that sometimes only reveal themselves in later life.
This book is aimed equally at student musicians, practising musicians, and instrumental and vocal teachers, and it aims to help them to begin to understand how and why their bodies function as they do when they perform and also how they may avoid professionally related illness or injury and achieve the highest standards of performance.
The principal author, Dr Jaume Rosset i Llobet, is a medical expert and an internationally acclaimed researcher on the subject. He is the Director of a Centre for the Physiology of The Arts in Terrassa, Catalonia, one of the few clinics in the world to which musicians, dancers and performing artists can go for assessment and treatment. The book provides examples and references to the health of musicians covering a wide range of musical genres based on current research, practice and treatment. As well as physiological exposition, copiously illustrated with medical and humorous diagrams, the book covers ergonomics, risk factors, posture, breathing, matters of diet and accommodation of professional needs in daily life.
Contents: Foreword; Preface: being well, playing better; Safety instructions; Basic functions; Situations that place the musician at risk; Posture. Your body in harmony with your instrument; Musicians, instruments and the workplace. Adjusting the task to suit your body; The musician's body explained; Mind and music. Further psychological aspects; Troubleshooting for musicians. Basic body maintenance and solving problems; About this book; Sources of further information; Recommended bibliography; Index.
About the Author: Dr Jaume Rosset i Llobet is a medical expert and an internationally acclaimed researcher on the subject. He is the Director of a Centre for the Physiology of The Arts in Terrassa, Catalonia, one of the few clinics in the world to which musicians, dancers and performing artists can go for assessment and treatment.
Professor George Odam is Head of Research at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK.
Reviews: 'Musicians put enormous strain on various parts of their bodies and this book will help you be alert to things which may go wrong and to how to put them right. Musicians and music students of all ages will find in this book a mine of information about how to get in shape and stay in shape'.
Barry Ife, Principal, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK.
‘… there are many useful and positive ideas here… This useful book collects together many topics that are sometimes isolated from each other. It is written very clearly, in a straightforward, unaffected way. Entertaining and lively with many amusing illustrations, I recommend it as an essential, reasonably priced, tool for both singers and their teachers.’ Singing
‘The book has an informal style that makes it accessible, yet the pitch of the information is not compromised and this gives The Musician's Body the unusual distinction of being ideal for educating both children and adults… The volume provides a holistic approach to dealing with the physical and mental concerns of musicians. As a performer and a music educator, I would heartily recommend The Musician's Body as a useful resource and an interesting read.’ British Journal of Music Education
‘This book is a welcome attempt to fill a gap in the training of musicians by way of explanations and advice about the health and use of the body.’ Music Education Research
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