How Muscles Learn: Teaching the Violin with the Body in Mind

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How Muscles Learn: Teaching the Violin with the Body in Mind is currently published by Alfred Publishers, Inc. When I began the String Pedagogy degree program at the University of New Mexico, it became apparent that there was a dramatic lack of information about teaching the body to play an upper stringed instrument. I had read several excellent books about stretching, muscle descriptions, body mapping, and kinesthetics, but none really fitted the need I had to teach my university students how to set up and teach the postures and movements of their own students. This book was made possible by a grant from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, and is still in use in classes today. Since its publication in 2003, I have accumulated enough information to write another book of the same ilk, but time does not currently permit this project.

With current research suggesting that upper string players have a very high incidence of injury – 87% in one study, and the recent publication from Australia that over 50% of orchestral string players are playing in pain, the information is just as pertinent to teachers now!

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Photographs of Susan Kempter's Bisiach courtesy of Robertson & Sons Violin Shop