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Francesca Leo

Francesca Leo is currently pursuing a master's degree in Classical Flute Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. Her primary teachers include Linda Chesis, Conor Nelson and Jeffrey Zook. For more information, please visit www.francescaleoflute.com. Francesca is the founder of award-winning performing arts health website www.playingwithoutpain.com.

Francesca Leo
Performing Arts Health

The Importance of Performing Arts Health in Music Education.

Results from a 2009 study conducted by Ackermann, Kenny and Fortune revealed that 95% of highly skilled flute students suffered performance-related musculoskeletal disorders[1]. When I was sixteenyears old, I was diagnosed with my first performance-related injury. After experiencing severe pain when I played my flute, I scheduled a doctor’s appointment and was diagnosed with tendonitis …

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Efficient Practicing Template

Efficient Practicing Template

Efficient Practicing Strategies: Create a repertoire list with deadlines Assess repertoire difficulty and prioritize newest/most difficult pieces Create a detailed daily practice schedule based on your time limit and your goals (seetemplate below) Slow practice on small, difficult sections will always prove to be more beneficial thanrunning through sections you already feel comfortable playing Daily …

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Embracing Imperfection

Embracing Imperfection: Learning Standard Repertoire through the Alexander Technique.

An average estimation of the time it takes to master your craft is 10,000 hours. This time can be measured through individual practice, spending time in rehearsals and private lessons, and performing. An important part of your journey in mastering your instrument is devoting time to figuring out what a healthy learning process means to …

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