Playing (Less) Hurt


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Janet Horvath won the gold medal in the Independant Publisher (I.P.P.Y.) Awards 2009! 

Find Janet at the Minnesota Orchestra! Visit the Minnesota Orchestra website for more information.

Let’s talk about something scary, something musicians are even more reticent to talk about than overuse injury. Hearing loss is on the rise and is a danger to all of us. Read Janet Horvath's white paper on hearing loss for more information.

Janet Horvath now has a regular column on Interlude HK a classical music online magazine. Her articles range from health issues relevant to professional and student musicians as well as humorous behind-the-scenes- stories about life as a musician. These articles are of interest to all musicians, giving excellent advice on strategies to deal with existing injuries as well as how to avoid injury, and gives an insiders view of all things music!

Janet Horvath's article on "Posture Pointers" appears in a 2006 issue of Strings Magazine. This article is an excellent overview of the all-important issue of posture and how it relates to tension and injury. Ms. Horvath discusses "Risky Postures," "Tension" and its relationship to posture, "Natural" postures, as well as other points related to appropriate posture for performing musicians.

When you hear the words "Mahler's Fifth," you probably think "great music." Janet Horvath wants you to think "phenomenal athleticism." Horvath, associate principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra and a pioneer in performing arts medicine, has been on a mission to get musicians, instructors and management to realize that playing any instrument is physically demanding. (Interview by Chrys Wu)


"If you're an orchestral musician you could be at serious risk of long-term hearing damage. Janet Horvath looks at some simple and effective solutions."The Strad (December 2004)


Janet's book contains pages of helpful links and resources. What follows are links of helpful sites that are not necessarily listed in it.

Association of British Orchestras: or

The Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA):

Alexander Technique:

American Physical Therapy Association:

American Tinnitus Association:

Andover Educators, What Every Musician Should Know

Dental, Jaw, Embouchure & Facial Resource:

Musicians and Injuries:

British Performing Arts Medical Trust (BPAMT) Association for Medical Advisors to British Orchestras:

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation:

Eastman School of Music Learning Center:

Feldenkrais Method:

Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers:

Amy Likar and Barbara Conable, Andover educators:

Richard Norris: Musician's Survival Manual in a new 2011 downloadable format:

Performance Anxiety Musicans' Wellness Inc.:

Pedro de Alcantara:

Piano mapping, movement retraining for pianists, Thomas Mark:


No Noise:

Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation, Inc.: