Department| Volume 19, ISSUE 4, P450-451, October 2006

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The Mechanics of Music: A Comparison of Two Education Schedules to Teach Injury Prevention and Wellness Awareness for Student Musicians

      Background and Purpose: Over half of the performing artists who begin training at an early age will experience some type of upper extremity dysfunction at some point in their career, and quite often the dysfunction necessitates a career change. Student musicians are especially at risk when they increase their playing load when entering music school. Therefore, it seems necessary to implement preventive measures to reduce the onset of these injuries early in a musician's education. The purpose of this study was to contrast the achieved learning after two different schedules of instruction: repeated sessions and just one session. We hypothesized that student musicians would increase scores on a multiple choice (MC) test by at least 20% after an education in wellness and injury prevention. We justified looking at the learning of the student, because increased knowledge is necessary before any program can be applied by the learner.
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