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Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists

Lora Deahl and Brenda Wristen


Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists brings together information from ergonomics, physics, biomechanics, anatomy, medicine, and piano pedagogy to focus on the subject of small-handedness. Chapter 1 presents an overview from historical, anatomical, and pedagogical perspectives and includes a discussion of small-handedness as a risk factor for piano-related injury. Chapter 2 establishes a basic understanding of work efficiency and the human anatomy, moves on to general observations about piano playing and the constraints of physics, and explains the principles of healthy movement at the ... More

Keywords: adaptive strategies, small-handed pianists, ergonomics, physics, biomechanics, piano pedagogy, piano-related injury, piano technique, small hands

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190616847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190616847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lora Deahl, author
Professor of Piano and Keyboard Literature, Texas Tech University

Brenda Wristen, author
Associate Professor and Director of Piano Pedagogy/Coordinator of Keyboard Skills, University of Nebraska