Have you been playing through pain? Ignoring pesky signs that something might be wrong? Hoping to prevent music-related injuries? Thea Groth will help us understand why pain/injury occurs, learn basic pain prevention principles and establish healthy practice habits that minimize tension. Thea will define overuse syndrome and other pathologies commonly encountered by musicians. She will then demonstrate how to warm up the body and get it ready for painless, productive practice using effective stretches, healthy playing posture, correct breathing muscles and methods to relieve shoulder and neck tension. Participants will also learn how to structure their practice sessions to maximize musical progress while minimizing physical strain.
This workshop is open to musicians of all instruments and abilities. Cost is $10 which can be paid upon arrival or at this link. Please wear comfortable clothes for stretching. If you'd like to show Thea your playing posture and position, feel free to bring your instrument. Otherwise, instruments are optional.
Thea is a professional bassoonist, a member of Twin Cities based woodwind quintet Chione, and a member of the Mankato Symphony. Thea has a DMA in bassoon performance with an emphasis in performance related injury from the Hartt School (a division of University of Hartford). Thea's doctoral thesis was entitled "Musicians Maintenance: A Scienctific Approach to Healthy Practice Techniques for Optimal Performance." Thea grew up in Northfield and now resides here with her husband.
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