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.
ESTA Member £10, ESTA Non Member £15, ESTA Student Member £5, Student Non Member £10
Sarah Upjohn qualified as a physiotherapist from the Bristol School of Physiotherapy in 1983 and gained extensive clinical experience in the UK, Canada, Australia and the USA.
Between 1994 and 2002 she was a Senior Lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course at the University of Hertfordshire, obtaining an MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 1997.
Since 2008 she has worked in the field of Performing Arts Medicine, specialising in assessing and treating instrumental musicians.
She has a particular interest in the ergonomics and bio-mechanics of instrumental playing, and in prevention of playing-related injuries.
Sarah is the physiotherapist at The Purcell School for Young Musicians, and works for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) where, in addition to being a member of their Medical Committee, she is an assessing clinician, and part of their trainer network.
Additionally, Sarah is a member of the Healthy Conservatoires Network, and of the Musicians Health Advisory Board of Help Musicians UK (HMUK).
In 2011 she began a Doctorate of Education (EdD) at the University of Cambridge.
Sarah’s Doctoral research is a project aimed at increasing awareness of risk factors for playing-related injury in young musicians, in order to decrease the incidence of these injuries in pupils at the school.