Early injury protection

Merietta Oviatt said: Jan 13, 2012
Merietta OviattViolin, Suzuki in the Schools, Cello, Viola
Stevens Point, WI
107 posts

I have begun a very strict regimen for my practice sessions of stretching and warming-up to help heal an injury and prevent further injury. I know MANY of my fellow musicians who are doing the same. I have begun to wonder why we don’t start this stretching with our student’s from the on-set of their music education? ANY sport has the youngest of children do stretching before they begin any practice or game—including t-ball. If I start my young students in the habit of stretching and warming-up their muscles and bodies before they begin any of their musical activities this will be a habit that they will incorporate for their entire lives. I was just wondering if any of you had any suggestions for some stretching that would be safe and easy for 3-5 year old children to do? I know I can scale-down my current routine for the younger children as well as teach it to the older students, but I feel that there should be a special routine or particular exercises for the really young ones. I appreciate any of your feedback!

Dr. Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Specialist
Viola/Violin Instructor
Aber Suzuki Center, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
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Sue Hunt said: Jan 14, 2012
Sue HuntViola, Violin
403 posts

I do loosening up games.

What about:
Grandfather Clock Pendulums
Shake Like a Dog
Jumping Jacks

These and others can all be done between Practice Tasks to clear mind and body tension.
Music in Practice

Sue Hunt said: Jan 14, 2012
Sue HuntViola, Violin
403 posts

I’d be interested in what you do for yourself and for older children.

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