News and Notes: March/April 2017
Preventing overuse injuries
Unlike acute injuries, which occur after a single traumatic event, overuse injuries manifest over time as a result of repetitive motion. Like athletes, pianists are at risk for overuse injuries in the hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder muscles and tendons. Additionally, music teachers often need to work with students who have been injured while playing sports. STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries now offers advice for music teachers on identifying, treating, and preventing overuse injuries in instrumentalists. To download a printable PDF for students and parents, visit www.STOPsportsinjuries.org and enter the term music in the keyword search box.
Joplin recordings wanted
The Scott Joplin Online Centennial is soliciting Disklavier MIDI and video-sync recordings of Joplin's works, which will be distributed through multiple outlets—an online archive, the Signature MIDI Collection of the Disklavier Education Network, and a series of concerts taking place around the world. TimeWarp Technologies is partnering with the Joplin Centennial and will be publishing the complete piano works of Joplin as interactive musical scores in the SuperScore Music app for iPad. For more information, visit scottjoplinarchive.org.
Go ahead... watch a movie
What other movie is like Singing in the Rain?
The 1952 film has everything: great tunes, greater dances, comedy, love, splashes of color. It has a whimsical, satiric script about the sometimes-rocky transition between silent pictures and talkies. It has Donald O'Connor somersaulting off the walls in "Make 'Em Laugh" and Gene Kelly (and umbrella) twirling around the streetlight in the title number.
It also has Debbie Reynolds, who passed away in December. Singin' in the Rain was the film that made Reynolds a star.
And it should have. Reynolds was only seventeen when she began work on the film; she was adorable, and she was talented. She had been picked up by a talent scout, and she was neither an actor nor a dancer. You could have fooled me.
Singin' in the Rain is remarkable in any season, but Spring 2017 seems a particularly apt time to watch the film. Watch it in tribute to its female star, or watch it simply because it's wonderful. Spring showers approach, and there's nothing like that iconic title number to make you forget your troubles. At least for a little while.
Singin' in the Rain is available to stream on Amazon or to rent on Netflix.