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"Every musician should be aware of the valuable musical and medical information in this book." -- William Preucil/ Concertmaster The Cleveland Orchestra<br /><br />"Her book comes to the rescue of even the most brilliant teachers and their equally brilliant students." -- Garrick Ohlsson/ Pianist<br /><br />"The ground she covers is immense, written with knowledge, understanding, style, aplomb and humor. No reader can put it down..." --Janos Starker/ Distinguished Professor of Music, Indiana University

About the Author

Janet Horvath, Assosiate Principal Cello of the Minnesota Orchestra for over two decades, is a soloist, chamber musician, writer and advocate for injury prevention. A trail-blazer in speaking and writing openly about the physical stresses experienced by musicians, Horvath has contributed importantly to improvements in working conditions and in awareness for musicians' work-related ailments and their prevention. Ms. Horvath received the American String Teachers Association Service Award in1992 in recognition of her outstanding efforts on behlaf of musicians' health, and in 2001 she was selected to deliver the Richard J. Lederman keynote lecture at the Preforming Arts Medicine Association's nineteenth Annual Symposium on Medical Problems of Musicians and Dancers. She has conducted seminars called "Playing (less) Hurt" all over the nation. The Injury Prevention Guide For Musicians is the culmination of 20 years of lecturing and teaching in the field of Performing Arts Medicine.

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423488466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423488460
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By W. Rossi on May 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am a professional pianist, composer and educator of young musicians. This is the first publication I've seen which truly addresses the physical journey to becoming a healthy performer. It is an essential guide for every musician, full of helpful tips and designed to encourage a life free of injury or pain due to excessive practice and/or performance. Every musician is familiar with the road to learning theory and musical interpretation, but few of us were taught the dangers of injury associated with repetitive movement and awkward positioning. This book looks at the physicality of playing an instrument including risk factors, stress points, danger signals and much more. It also provides great stretching and strengthening exercises designed to specifically counteract stressful movement.

Though this book is written by a professional cellist, it has practical application beyond string players. Someone who sits at a computer all day is not unlike the musician who continuously works a musical passage. Physical stress is an issue whenever the body sits for long periods of time and repeats the same motions. Many jobs in our modern world hold a parallel. The book reminds us that natural movement must be a conscious decision.

I am thankful to Janet Horvath for writing this. It will undoubtedly prevent many injuries in the future. As an educator, I particularly recommend this as a valuable source to those who teach young musicians.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Wiley on November 30, 2009
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Oh how I wish I had received this book long ago, before I sustained significant nerve and rotator cuff injuries! This is an absolute must-have for any serious musician, and as far as I am concerned, for any music teacher. These concepts should be taught from the very beginning!

Great, clear layout. Super 10-step lists (such as 10 warm-up stretches, 10 on-stage stretches, etc. etc.). FANTASTIC!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C Balderston on June 23, 2012
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I have just finished reading this magnificent book. Amazing! I am so impressed by the incredible work that Ms. Horvath has done on the issues that plague many musicians. This book has invaluable advice on how all musicians, young and older, can avoid repetitive stress injury entirely. In spite of world class training, I 've had lower back surgery, hearing loss, and both reconstructive hand and shoulder surgery in the course of my 30 year career. It took me these injuries and years of thinking and experimenting to arrive at the conclusions contained within the book; the book is an incredibly valuable weath of knowledge and information that will educate musicians to practice and play smarter, healthier and happier! I plan to make it required reading for all of my students at my university. I also recommend it highly to my colleagues! Thank you on behalf of all of us.

Stephen Balderston
Former Section Cello, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Former Assistant Principal, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Professor of Cello, DePaul University School of Music
Cellist, The American Chamber Players
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. steele on May 9, 2010
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I am a 50 year old trombonist who recently returned to regular band playing. i have a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder, so you can imagine that working the slide can be painful. your book has been a god send. I even took it to band camp in Chatauqua New York with the New Horizons band groups. We played for 5-6 hours and I was able to keep up thanks to my stretches.
I am organizing an educational day of my own for my group and I would like your permission to use some of your information and if possible give one of your books as a door prize. as well I would like to share with my collegues where they can get them and contact you. could you let me know if this is ok?
we are in Newmarket Ontario Canada, which is about an hour north of Toronto.
thank you again
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By egeria on May 28, 2010
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This book is WONDERFUL. I received it as a graduation present and I wish I had obtained a copy at the beginning of my studies! The layout is clear and easy to follow with very detailed and specific information that applies to a broad range of instrumentalists. I especially appreciate the resource lists for ordering helpful items as well as the 10 warm-up stretches, 10 shower stretches etc (I've already ordered the wall poster versions of these for my practice space)

THANK YOU, JANET! :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Hansen on April 4, 2013
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This title kept popping up while I searched for a different book so I bought it. Author Janet Horvath covers everything from the typical aches & pains musicians experience through potentially career-ending injuries. Throughout the book she offers research based injury prevention strategies, warm-up and cool-down suggestions, stretches & exercises, photos & drawings, and product descriptions. Part Four is an exemplary Resources section that includes: books, chairs/cushions for posture, products, dental, hearing, performance stress, instrument adapters and modifications, an international list of medical practitioners and websites. Reading this book prompted me to make changes that will allow me to play for many more years.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pcbbsn on March 8, 2010
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This is a FANTASTIC book. It is the best book on the market for injury prevention in musicians. I require all my students to read it. It is written to make the information accessible and is a great resource.
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