A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers. (Strategies to Develop Mind and Body for Optimal Performance). By Kris Kropff. Text. Published by Heritage Music Press (LO.30-1755H).
Bringing together the unique perspectives of some of the top pianists and pedagogues, along with physicians specializing in the treatment and rehabilitation of performance-related injuries, this text is truly unparalleled. The collection covers such topics as developing an advanced technique, myofasical pain and its treatment, benefits of fitness, performance anxiety, a child's first lessons, mechanics of the piano, and musicality. The best of the twentieth-century thinking on the subject, including references to the works of Matthay, Schultz, Ortmann, Whiteside, and others, is also organized and presented in accessible manner. These broad based subjects are included in one of five sections: Mechanical Technical, Musical, Healthful; Mind and Body, and Pedagogical, and include goals and exercises clearly articulated in a concise manner. Although written by and intended for pianists, the universal concepts of wellness and musicality are equally insightful for all musicians.