College Music Society National Conference

November 15–18, 2012 the Fifty-Fifth National Conference of The College Music Society took place in San Diego, California. I presented two workshops at the conference with colleagues Sang-Hie Lee and Aaron Williamon.  These two workshops (abstracts below) are part of the new CMS Task Force, Musician Health in Education, that I chair.  The Task Force had a fantastic meeting and I look forward to moving forward with all the ideas discussed.

The entire CMS conference was a huge success.  I learned so much from my colleagues and met some great new people.  Terry Lynn Hudson and the program committee did a great job!  I’m already looking forward to Boston in 2013.

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Wellness Workshop: Musical Strength

Abstract

This workshop will investigate the relationship between strength and the prevalence of performance related injuries.  The importance of exercise in injury prevention is well documented but many musicians are unsure where to being when it comes to strength training.  Attendees will learn simple functional strength training exercises, that can be completed with minimal equipment, which will improve stage presence, increase performing stamina, and decrease injury risk.   A whole body workout will be discussed but attention will be placed on strengthening the core and engaging stabilizing muscle patterns for the upper extremities.  Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing which allows movement.

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Wellness Workshop: Fluid Flexibility

Abstract

This workshop will investigate the relationship between flexibility and the prevalence of performance related injuries.  Questions addressed include: what is a healthy level of flexibility; when is flexibility dangerous; and how can breath assist in flexibility training?  Attendees will learn proper stretching techniques and a healthy stretching routine for the entire body.  Techniques taught will increase muscle length and decreased muscle tension.  Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing which allows movement.

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