Movement work on the instrument
Alexandra Türk-Espitalier, PhD, MSc, Dipl. mus., Dipl. mus. päd.
is a professional flutist and physiotherapist and holds degrees in flute performance, music pedagogy, physiotherapy (MSc "with distinction") and systematic musicology (PhD "with distinction"). She is a senior lecturer at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw) (Austria) and the Frankfurt University for Music and Performing Arts (Germany).
In teaching and research she focuses on the treatment and prevention of playing-related musculoskeletal injuries, the enhancement of musical performance through physical training and on the development of breathing exercises for wind players.
Dr. Türk-Espitalier is the author and co-author of many publications on prevention and exercises, training and practice schedules for musicians. She presents her work to orchestras and music organizations, lectures at masterclasses and works closely together with internationally known musicians and researchers.
Whether professional or amateur - it can affect anyone. Neck tension, shoulder and back pain after practicing or tendinitis are familiar to 75% of all musicians. This is not only annoying and reduces the joy and performance when making music, but can also lead to serious illnesses or inability to play. Therefore, let us analyze your playing posture on the instrument and put together your personal training and practice plan. In this way you know exactly which exercises are suitable for your body and your instrument and how you can best practice and train. So that playing discomfort and overload syndromes will soon be a thing of the past and you can enjoy playing music in a fit and pain-free manner!
Play better with better posture! If wrong movement patterns hinder progress, practicing alone often does not help. Instead, special body techniques from music physiology are useful to bring body and posture back into balance. Children and adolescents should learn exercises to improve body awareness, posture training and practice behavior in parallel to instrumental lessons. In this way, you will prevent postural damage later on and feel faster progress on the instrument. All exercises are taught in an age-appropriate way and are connected to the instrument and the music.