Baby, your Shoulders!

It is estimated that shoulder injuries are one of the most common injuries among the general public and the third most common complaint among instrumental musicians.A shoulder injury can happen to a young athletic person as well as an older [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | July 10th, 2012
Jacqueline Mary du Pre

Jacqueline Mary du Pre (1945-1987) is arguably one of the most gifted cellists of our time. She is particularly remembered for her legendary debut performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, which she performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | May 25th, 2012
Listen Hear: Protecting Your Most Precious Sense, Part 2

Nearly every day I see large advertisements promoting hearing devices. There is certainly a need. Hearing plays an essential role in communication, language development and learning. Even a small amount of hearing loss can have a profound, negative effect on [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | May 24th, 2012
Listen Hear: Protecting your Most Precious Sense, Part 1

Without music life is unthinkable. Audience members and musicians are passionate about it, yet few people realize that decibels can be dangerous! Our world is toxically noisy and our hearing is jeopardized on a daily basis. The majority of cases [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | May 10th, 2012
The Curse of the Ninth

Gustav Mahler Das klagende Lied (1880) Kindertotenlieder (1904) Symphony No. 9 (1909) Summer of 1907 came as a nightmare for Austrian-Jewish composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). His five year old daughter Maria Anna died of scarlet fever and diphtheria; he lost [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | April 25th, 2012
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Ulnar Nerve Entrapments

Igor Stravinsky Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring – Dance of the Earth Fryderyk Chopin Chopin : Waltz in D major, op 64 “Minute” Injuries among musicians occur mainly due to overuse. Repetition, excessive force, poor posture, awkward positions, and little [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | March 27th, 2012
An Unstoppable Talent

Stravinsky Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 (1907) At age nine, Russian musician Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) was already a music prodigy. His parents took him to his first opera performance when he was five, only to find [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | March 23rd, 2012
Nature, Nurture and Playing Music to Cows

Do cows understand music? Can animals appreciate the beauty of music? The term “playing music to a cow” (对牛弹琴) is an old Chinese proverb that came about when a man called Gong Mingyi played music to his cow, only to [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | February 24th, 2012