Protect Yourself and Your Students from Injury: Create a Quality Experience during Practice and Performance: All Instruments


A sizable percentage of instrumental musicians develop physical problems related to repetitive motion or the incorrect use of muscles, tendons and joints. Science gives us greater insight than ever before into how routines can physically affect the body, and modern music education needs to address ergonomic factors as well as include helpful (and healthful) solutions. This course assesses the ways we can protect players from strain, pain and injury, as well as effective protocol to follow if injury or conditions occur, and how that protocol can be applied immediately to your students. Tools and methodologies focused on posture, correct breathing and muscle balance are covered, as well as an understanding of the learning centers in the brain and how they affect ergonomic muscular performance.

Class will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. CST on Mondays, starting September 19, 2016 for twelve weeks, ending December 5th. If you are unable to attend a live session, each class will be recorded for you to view at your convenience. Each week, you will have six days to fulfill the class assignments. The instructor is amenable to finding a different day/time for the class to meet online during the first meeting on 09/19.


A Walking Tour: Natural Muscle and Joint Function
Posture & Breathing
The Three Main Causes for Injury
Six-Fold and Trilateral Learning
Injury: What to Do, What Not to Do (sessions 5, 6, 7)
The Chemistry of Nervousness
Muscle Balance
Healing Practitioners
The Practice Session or Rehearsal
Q&A and Review


Required Text:

You Are Your Instrument by Julie Lyonn Lieberman 
Product Details $20
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Huiksi Music Company; 3 edition (June 1, 1997) Distributed by Hal Leonard Corp.
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1879730200
ISBN-13: 978-1879730205

Instructor: Julie Lyonn Lieberman

JulieLyonn_Headshot300dpiJulie Lyonn Lieberman the author of one of the first music medicine books in the world, You Are Your instrument (1991), now in its fifth edition and also available as a digital book. Based on popular demand, she has also authored five spin-off DVDs: The Violin in Motion, Violin and Viola Ergonomics: Determine the Optimum Playing Position and Support for Your Body-Type; Vocal Aerobics; and, The Instrumentalist’s Guide to Fitness, Health, and Musicianship; and The Vocalist’s Guide to Fitness, Health, and Musicianship.

Ms. Lieberman is on the American String Teachers Association’s Task Force on String Musicians' Health and Wellness. She has presented Playing Healthy clinics throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Scotland, and France. On-site workshops have included The Starling-Delay Symposium at Juilliard, Eastman Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Berklee College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, as well as for National String Workshop, International String Workshop, American String Teachers Association’s and National Association for Music Education’s state conferences, among others.

She is also the author of six additional music books and other DVDs. She co-authored American String Teachers Association’s national curriculum book, Standards, Goals, and Learning Sequences for Essential Skills and Knowledge in K-12 String Programs, and has twenty-five string orchestra scores to her credit in American and world styles published by Kendor Music, Carl Fischer LLC and Alfred Music.

Ms. Lieberman is the Artistic Director for the summer program, Strings Without Boundaries: Where 21st century techniques meet tradition, creativity, and style. She is also an NS Design Performance Artist and a D’Addario Elite Clinician and the recipient of the 2014 ASTA Kudos Award, over two-dozen ASCAP Plus Awards, and three National Citation for Leadership & Merit awards from American String Teachers Association.

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