The Institute of Musicians‘ Medicine (IMM) at the Dresden University of Music Carl Maria von Weber was founded in 2000 based on the intention to improve the health situation of professional musicians. Teaching, research and clinical work are the primary functions of the IMM:
As an essential part of their education, students at the Dresden University of Music attend music physiology courses in which the foundations of the physiology and psychology of music-making are taught. Additionally, practical consequences and implications for daily practice are discussed. The aim of building knowledge in this area is to overcome and avoid difficulties and detours in the practice process, to increase self-confidence in performance situations, and to prevent health problems caused by music making. In addition to theoretical classes, a comprehensive program of practical courses are offered by the University of Music addressing musicians’ health, somatic educational methods, body awareness techniques, and sports offers (termed Physioprophylaxis).
The research section at the IMM is concerned with the scientific investigation of music-making. Specifically, our research focuses on the physiological and neurobiological foundations of music-making, as well as the sensorimotor learning processes involved with playing a musical instrument. Special emphasis is placed on identifying optimal conditions for acquiring highly complex motor skills required for music-making. Another interest lies in determining strategies to optimize physiological economy and kinetic efficiency when playing an instrument. Research projects are conducted in close interdisciplinary collaboration with instrumental teachers, medical doctors from various disciplines, natural scientists, and psychologists. Our main concern is to incorporate the insights gained from research projects into future educational concepts in music pedagogy.
The IMM outpatient clinic for musicians is open to all students and teachers of the Dresden University of Music. The clinic’s main focus is on the diagnostics and treatment of health issues that are either caused by or relevant for music-making. Patients can seek consultation regarding music-related medical problems, music-physiological issues, or performance-related psychological concerns.
The outpatient clinic is associated with the clinical research section of the IMM. Here, we are dedicated to identifying the etiology and pathophysiology of playing-related medical conditions, as well as optimizing diagnostic procedures and therapeutic approaches.
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