The playing body for string teachers   

Overview and Q&A session with Sarah Upjohn


Here is an opportunity for string teachers to increase their knowledge of issues relating to the body and string teaching with Sarah Upjohn. Sarah will give an oversight of the demands placed on the body by string playing and the most common problems she encounters in her work. Whether you have specific questions about repetitive strain injury, tenosynovitis, hypermobility, growth patterns, posture or whether you just want to broaden your knowledge base, do sign up. No question too small (or too stupid).

Sarah qualified as a physiotherapist in 1983, and since 2008, has worked as a specialist physiotherapist in Performing Arts Medicine, assessing and treating injured instrumental musicians. She works at The Purcell School for Young Musicians, and for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM). Earlier this year Sarah completed a Doctorate of Education at the University of Cambridge, based on her work on preventing playing-related injuries at the Purcell School.

She has particular interest and experience in preventing playing-related injuries, by identifying risk factors, and offering practical solutions to reduce these risks.

Sarah works with the National Children’s Orchestra, the National Youth Wind Ensemble, the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

She has been involved in CPD events for the MU, the ISM, the MMA, the RNCM, and Music Mark.