3D biomechanical quantification of piano motor skills

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Turner, Craig Patrick
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Kinesiology and Physical Education
To date, systematic biomechanical explorations of music performance have been scarce. In many human activities, movement science methodologies have helped accelerate the learning process, prevent injuries, improve teaching practices, and optimize performance outcomes. The current thesis postulates that a consideration of individualization with respect to biomechanics, anthropometry, and musical strategization can provide musicians with an approach to motor learning where outcomes may be optimized while simultaneously reducing risk of playing-related injury. The thesis is comprised of three case comparison studies using 3D motion capture, biomechanical modeling, and force plate measurements to quantify pianists’ motor behaviours in a variety of performance contexts. The framework established in the thesis is interdisciplinary and provides a model that aims to be “artful” in its efforts to ensure that its analyses of motor behaviours are sensitive to musical intentionality and, thus, can be relevant to musicians.
piano performance biomechanics , anthropometry , musical context , Biomechanics , Piano -- Performance -- Physiological aspects -- Research , Piano -- Performance -- Research , Human mechanics -- Research , Anthropometry -- Research , Motor learning -- Research , Pianists -- Wounds and injuries -- Prevention -- Research , Performing arts medicine , Practicing (Music) -- Physiological aspects , Music -- Instruction and study -- Research , Dissertations, Academic