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First Advisor

David Smith

Second Advisor

David Montgomery


For young string musicians, it is easy to fall into the habit of playing with improper body alignment and unhealthy technique. In response, this study investigates the ways in which the teaching of healthy body techniques can be taught in the orchestra classroom, in order to prevent students from experiencing pain, tension, and muscle strain while studying their instrument. Overall, the results from the research group of students showed that over half of the students have experienced pain while playing their instrument. Furthermore, the results indicated that students responded positively to the content presented. After being introduced to the material, the participating students indicated that they had strategies to consult if pain arose during or after they played their instrument.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access