Practice and Performance

A Mindfulness Approach to Warm-up for Musicians

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way on purpose, in a particular way on purpose, in the present moment and being non-judgmental. Mindfulness includes being aware, curious, observant, being open to the experience and accepting. Thus mindfulness has to do with memory retention which is vitally important to those who worry about forgetting.
Click to download: Mindfulness Warm-Up for Musicians

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Exercising with Type 2 Diabetes

About 24 million Americans have type 2 diabetes and even more are at risk of developing it — upwards of 79 million Americans! Insulin is needed to allow blood sugar to enter the tissues of the body where it can be stored or used for energy. The problem in type 2 diabetes is that the main tissues that use blood sugar (muscles) or store it (fat cells) are not very sensitive to the insulin present in the blood, resulting in …

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Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes – A One-Page Fact Sheet

Did you know that aerobic activity, strength training, and stretching all have unique benefits? One of the greatest benefits of exercise is that it can help prevent diabetes or it can help you manage diabetes if you have it.
View our one-page fact sheet, “Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes”, contributed to Athletes and the Arts and created by Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Diabetes Care and Education (DCE).

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A Musical Fix for American Schools

“Research shows that music training boosts IQ, focus and persistence”
Article from Wall Street Journal, Oct. 10, 2014

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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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