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TJW Podcast No. 1 - Janet Horvath of Playing Less Hurt
Posted by ★ Owner on October 9, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Janet Horvath played the cello so much she couldn't even turn a doorknob without it causing extreme pain. After recovering from tendonitis, she made it a personal mission to learn as much as she could about the repetitive strain injuries that musicians have quietly endured for generations. The culmination of her work is a book entitled Playing (Less) Hurt, which is an indispensible guide to injury prevention for every instrumental musician no matter what style or level of performing they do. Janet speaks very frankly about the nature of the repetitive injuries musicians sustain, the current reserach and treatments for them, and the new frontiers in treating hearing loss and hearing injuries. (35 min.)


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TJW Podcast, Episode 6 - Interview with John Thirkell, Pure Solo
Posted by ★ Owner on October 9, 2010 at 10:18 PM

In this episode: John Thirkell is a professional trumpet player who has performed with Level 42 and artists such as Tina Turner, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Elton John, and Bon Jovi. He is the co-founder of Pure Solo, a website service that provides accompaniment recordings for a wide variety of music for users to record their own performances and share them via social media. John describes his career as a professional player, the inspiration that lead to the formation of Pure Solo, and how it is being incorporated into school systems in the UK as an educational tool. Tom and John discuss Jamie Aebersold's jazz books, the similarities between Pure Solo and Smart Music, the difficulty of negotiating international intellectual property rights, the organizational systems of public education in the UK and the United States, and how Pure Solo is particularly well-suited to individualized assessment of music students, particularly as a tool for choral directors and music teachers in cyber charter schools.

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