Musicians' Health Collective

Musicians' Health Collective: Supporting the health of musicians

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About Us

We are a group of musicians, health enthusiasts, and anatomy geeks eager to break down some of the mysteries of musicians' health.  We've found that while musicians possess incredible fine muscle control, they often lack a greater knowledge about their bodies, muscles, and minds, and how to tend for them in better ways.  We hope to bring new and useful information to the forefront, but removing any technical or anatomical jargon that can confuse and overwhelm.  Thanks for checking us out!

Our goal is to bring together medical professionals, fitness instructors, alternative health practitioners, and music instructors as a resource for professional musicians, music students, and music educators.  We want to bridge the gap between fact, fiction, and health gossip, and find some truth in the spaces between. 

Disclaimer: The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient's own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care. The information contained herein is neither intended to dictate what constitutes reasonable, appropriate or best care for any given health issue, nor is it intended to be used as a substitute for the independent judgment of a physician for any given health issue. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. The major limitation of informational resources like Musicians' Health Collective is the inability to take into account the unique circumstances that define the health issues of the patient. If you have persistent health problems or if you have further questions, please consult your health care provider. All visitors to this and other associated web sites agree to read and abide by the complete terms of this agreement.



Founder and Editor-in-Chief

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KAYLEIGH MILLER is a violist, educator, Yoga Tune Up® instructor, off and on writer, and total body nerd.  As a violist, she has played in ensembles such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, and is a new member of the San Antonio Symphony.  She had the good fortune of studying with Carol Rodland at the New England Conservatory and Eastman School of Music, and continued her studies with Roger Tapping at the New England Conservatory.  She has participated in numerous festivals, such as the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Masterclasses, International Masterclasses at Prussia Cove, Spoleto Festival USA, and Lucerne Festival Academy.  She began her yoga practice in 2007, and along the way, has dabbled in raw foods, veganism, reiki, acupuncture, crossfit, and pilates.  As a movement teacher and Restorative Exercise Specialist-in-training, she is passionate about helping students to heal from injury and to change movement patterns to live a pain-free life.   She lives and teaches in San Antonio, TX, where she plays in the SA Symphony, and lives with her mostly blind chihuahua.

Contributors

Andrea Kleesattel

Andrea Kleesattel currently plays cello in the Hyogo Performing Center Orchestra in Nishinomiyakitaguchi, Japan. Prior to this appointment, she completed her masters and doctorate degrees as the cellist in the graduate resident string quartets at the University of Kentucky and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. She earned her undergraduate degree at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Her doctoral thesis, Applications of Somatic Practices to Cello Playing and Pedagogy, draws from work in various movement disciplines including Feldenkrias, Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and Laban's theories of movement and expression.  Dr. Kleesattel's primary teachers were Ellen Shertzer, Norman Johns, Lee Fiser, Benjamin Karp, and Uri Vardi.  When not playing in orchestra, Dr. Kleesattel enjoys playing chamber music and teaching.  

Charlene Yeh

Charlene was born in Toronto, Canada and began her musical studies on the violin at the age of five. She began playing the viola in 2000 and completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in 2004, studying viola with Steven Dann and early music with Jeanne Lamon (Tafelmusik). From 2004-2006, Charlene pursued her early music studies with Elizabeth Wallfisch, Kati Debretzeni and Enrico Gatti at the Royal Conservatoire in Den Haag.  She is additionally a yoga instructor based in Toronto with over 1000 hours of formal training, including studies with David Life, Sharon Gannon, David Friend, François Raoult, and Lauren Zander. 





 

Arlyn Valencia Thobaben began her professional life as violin Fellow with the nationally-recognized organization Community MusicWorks (www.communityworks.org), where she taught and performed violin/viola, ha d the opportunity to develop / co-direct their Summer Music Camp and beginning orchestra program, and learned how to become a servant-leader in her community.  After recovering from a recurrent overuse injury, her passion for music and pedagogy fused with an inspiration to maximize the quality of movement (and quality of life) in herself, her violin students and her community.

Arlyn completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy studies at the University of Florida, and now practices in outpatient orthopedics in San Antonio, TX. Her personal mission is to serve as a “professional ally” with individuals in her community to help manage pain and improve function through an educational, empowering, and hands-on approach. She still loves to play her violin and viola (especially for loved ones’ weddings!) and teaches private violin lessons.