Date of Graduation
College of Creative Arts
School of Music
Among musicians who seek medical help for their injuries each year, half are pianists. Improper playing technique is a factor influencing the development of injury. This research project focuses on the types and causes of physiological injury in the process of piano playing and includes methods of avoiding such injuries.
The types of piano-related physiological injury and associated conditions that are discussed include tenosynovitis, focal dystonia, and muscle pain. Relevant literature and investigative data—and some legends—are compared and sorted. Chinese pedagogical views concerning piano technique are discussed, along with ongoing debates concerning injury prevention and the appropriate use of exercises in practice. Causes of injuries appear in five general categories: overuse, misuse, emotional stress, anatomical differences, and individual sensitivity.
This project combines the rational selection and scientific application of playing and practicing methods, based on personal physiological conditions in the actual piano-playing process.
Niu, Ruixi, "Types and Causes of Physiological Injury in Piano Playing, with Emphasis on Piano Pedagogy in China" (2020). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 7693.