MTNA And PAMA: A Pioneering Partnership

To Keep Musicians Performing


8:00–9:00 a.m.
Anatomy 101: Body Basics for the Musician
Northwestern/Ohio State/Purdue/Wisconsin Room

Music teachers don’t need to pass an anatomy exam to be effective, but knowledge of how the body is built and functions can definitely be helpful. This opening session will provide user-friendly insights into our anatomy and physiology.
Kathryn Ananda-Owens, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota; Dr. William Dawson, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

9:15–10:15 a.m.
Keeping The Busy Musician Healthy And Functioning
Northwestern/Ohio State/Purdue/Wisconsin Room

This session emphasizes the roles of fitness and body-awareness techniques. Alan Fraser shares his expertise with Feldenkrais and piano technique. Clay Miller, a former professional ballet dancer, specializes in orthopedics, and sports and arts medicine.
Alan Fraser University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia; Dr. Clay Miller, Sports Medicine North, Peabody, Massachusetts

10:30–11:30 a.m.
Performance Awareness
Northwestern/Ohio State/Purdue/Wisconsin Room

This session provides the knowledge and skills to prevent occupational health problems and enhance optimal musical performance throughout one’s career. Emphasis will be on the latest stress management techniques utilizing surface electromyography video, heart rate variability and guided imagery meditation.
Dr. John Chong, Musicians’ Clinics of Canada, Ontario, Canada; Peter Mack, NCTM, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own

1:00–2:00 p.m.
What Can Go Wrong And What To Do To Get Back On Track
Northwestern/Ohio State/Purdue/Wisconsin Room

In spite of everyone’s best intentions, things can go wrong as a result of either playing-related or non-playing related activities. Learn the early warning signs and know when to a visit to a medical professional.
Dr. John Chong, Musicians’ Clinics of Canada, Ontario, Canada; Ralph Manchester, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

2:15–3:15 p.m.
The Role Of The Teacher In Keeping Our Students Actively Performing
Northwestern/Ohio State/Purdue/Wisconsin Room

Teachers are often the first to learn of student’s problems and are their first line of defense. This session discusses common problems and offers advice from both the medical and pedagogical perspectives on what to do and where to turn.
Gail Berenson, NCTM, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; Dr. William Dawson, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois; Kathleen Riley, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio

3:30–4:00 p.m.
Athletes And The Arts
Northwestern/Ohio State/Purdue/Wisconsin Room

Sport athletes and performing artists all try to optimize performance and health. Athletes and the Arts is a national multi-organizational initiative integrating the science of sport and the performing arts for the mutual benefit of both.
Randy Dick, American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Keys To Longevity As A Musician
Northwestern/Ohio State/Purdue/Wisconsin Room

Physical problems can affect a performing career. A musician and a physician will informally discuss some of these challenges, providing both insight and strategies for promoting health and wellness in the face of adversity.
Dr. William Dawson, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois; Byron Janis, Ambassador for the Arts/Arthritis Foundation, Honorary Governor/Tel Aviv University, New York, New York