Practice and Performance

A Musical Fix for American Schools

“Research shows that music training boosts IQ, focus and persistence”
Article from Wall Street Journal, Oct. 10, 2014
http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-musical-fix-for-american-schools-1412954652

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A Fitness Swimmer in Four Movements

This challenge is not about time or victory; instead, it seeks timelessness and beauty. It’s about creating music, but it shares many parallels with swimming. Musicians and other performing artists know the feeling of stepping up, being exposed in front of a waiting crowd, and diving in.
Yet for classical pianist Jeeyoon Kim, who is comfortable on stage but not on the blocks, there was no dive. She showed up at the 2013 Spring Nationals without having practiced that part.
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Performance Artists As Athletes

Sports scientists could help musicians and other artists endure the stresses of their craft.
(Inside Science) — They endure long hours of oft strenuous practice. The way to get better is to practice more, even when injured. For hours at a time, their hearts can beat at 65 percent of their maximum rate. Injuries are common, and there’s always someone waiting to take your spot.
Life in the arts can be tough.
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Video – Velocity Dance Convention: Performance

VDC performance from Steven Karageanes on Vimeo.
Velocity Dance Convention brings you another health and wellness segment to help keep their dancers happy and healthy. In this video, professional dancers Kathryn McCormick, Jennifer Hamilton, Sarah Draugelis, Alex Little, and Whitney Bezzant talk about how to improve performance, with a little help from Autumn Miller and Shawn O’Malley.

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New Musicians Performance Pain Symptom Monitor

Athletes and the Arts in collaboration with PAMA (Performing Arts Medicine Association), and New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation have developed a new tool to monitor musicians performance pain.  Musicians are strongly encouraged to complete this form to aid in their care.
Performance Pain Symptom Monitor

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Are performing artists athletes?

WATCH this video and decide for yourself  (click the image to open and play the video)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Athletes and the Arts – The Role of Sports Medicine in the Performing Arts

“Athletes and the Arts – The Role of Sports Medicine in the Performing Arts”
Dick, Randall W. MS, FACSM; Berning, Jacqueline R. PhD, RD, CSSD; Dawson, William MD, BS, FAAOS; Ginsburg, Richard D. PhD; Miller, Clay MD, MFA, PMR; Shybut, George T. MD
Published in Current Sports Medicine Reports, November/December 2013, Volume 12, Issue 6, p. 397-403.
Abstract
Performing artists are athletes. Like athletes, performing artists practice and/or perform most days with little off season, play through pain, “compete” in …

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Performance Anxiety – A One-Page Fact Sheet

View a one-page fact sheet (PDF) on Performance Anxiety.
Performance anxiety, commonly referred to as “stage fright” in performing arts contexts, is a distressing and disabling condition that affects performers of all ages. At least half of all performing artists, regardless of age, gender, and talent or experience level, report problems associated with performance anxiety.

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