PAMA Notes - February 2016

PAMA Symposium Earliest Bird Registration Discount Ending Soon!
PAMA International Symposium

July 7 - 10, 2016 (Thursday - Sunday)
Weill Cornell Medical Center  |  New York-Presbyterian

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Join PAMA and our colleagues in New York for this momentous event combining the fields of performing arts medicine, sports medicine, and medical education to address artists and performers health issues. Check the pricing page to learn more about our two early bird discounts. The symposium schedule will be posted soon, it is a stellar program packed full of amazing opportunities. Hurry, the first discount expires on February 15!

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PAMA Pre-Conference Certificate Course
July 5 - 6, 2016 (Tuesday - Wednesday)
Weill Cornell Medical Center  |  New York-Presbyterian

Extend your learning – attend our 2-day pre-conference certificate course geared toward the practicing professional. You may elect to sit for the test for a small additional fee. This course is geared toward  medical professionals as well as educators. Visit our website for course objectives and faculty.

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USF-PAMA Piano Pedagogy Symposium Replicated

The second USF-PAMA Piano Pedagogy Symposium is being replicated in Poland hosted by the Frederyk Chopin University of Music and National Art Teacher Association (CENSA) in collaboration with USF-PAMA Pedagogy Symposium on March 4.  One of our faculty, Carina Joly, will be there in person and John Chong will be a featured faculty. We celebrate this significant recognition of what this group is doing.
Congratulations to PAMA member Sang-Hie Lee for a job well done!
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Cuba Travelers Return

Travelers to Cuba for the Health and Safety in the Arts Program report it was a wonderful trip! A big thank you goes to our host Dr Luis Herredia and his staff from the Julio Diaz Gonzalez Rehabilitation Hospital in Havana.
Click to read the local press about the groups work with the National Ballet


Total Health Care for Artists Japan
Performing Arts Wellness Day June 7, 2015

Celebrating their 10th year, the THCAJ organized a collaborative event with PAMA inviting John Chong, Immediate-Past President of PAMA to present the keynote lecture/demonstration “Tuning the Mind and Body of the Musician for Optimal Health and Performance”. The event created by Mayumi Kuno-Mizumura and the THCAJ staff Fumiyo Kesone and Ayaka Masuta was held at the beautiful International House of Japan in Roppongi, Tokyo and attended by approximately 70 keen and attentive health care professionals and performing arts educators. The presentation interpreter was Alexander Technique specialist Sakiko Ishitsubo and an energetic discussion followed the demonstration of biofeedback techniques of surface EMG and motion analysis (with audio/video) as well as heart rate variability training of a volunteer oboist. Opening remarks were given by Yoshio Miyama.
Presentations on “Rehabilitation of Ballet Dancers” by Yuka Nagaoka, “Evidence-Based Science for Musical Performance and Education” by Shinichi Furuya, and “Towards a Reduction of Injuries among Dancers” by Tatusya Hojo followed. An interactive panel discussion moderated by Kazuhiro Imai and Mayumi Mizamura considered the future of Performing Arts Medicine in Japan and collaboration with PAMA highlighting the PAMA New York meeting in 2016 and Athletes and the Arts with the excitement building for Summer Olympic Games Tokyo in 2020.

The day before on June 6, 2015, a multi-disciplinary seminar was held at THCAJ headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo featuring sessions on Gyrokinesis, Barre au Sol, Physical Tuning, Noguchi Taisou, Alexander Technique, PNF, Core Training, Physical Conditioning, Clinical Psychology, Teate Seitai, Health Assessment, Insurance, and Financial Advice. Social receptions followed each day with ample culinary delights and beer with warm exchanges of information and ideas.
And the successful event was climaxed by an incredible evening of jazz with dinner and wine at the Blue Note Tokyo with the wonderful THCAJ leaders and staff … report for PAMA Notes written by John Chong … PAMAForte!

Enjoy the Benefits of PAMA Membership – Join or Renew Today

We look forward to welcoming you to an exciting symposium in NYC this July. If you have not already renewed your membership, or are new to the organization, we encourage you to take advantage of the discounted membership rate for the conference by signing up. PAMA only exists because of the dedication and commitment of its members, and we want you all to be a part of this exciting time as PAMA grows its presence in the fields of medicine, education, and the performing arts. Not only will you receive the quarterly Medical Problems of Performing Artists journal, but you will also be entitled to discounted rates at all the growing regional events around the world. Your contribution via your membership dues will help PAMA to ensure that performing artists worldwide have the care and support they need. So join our exciting international team and let your voice be heard in the quest to place Performing Arts Medicine firmly on the world map. 
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Articles Wanted

 are professional musicians working in all genres of music. They run the gamut from classical to country and from polka to punk. They tour and record. They play in clubs and in symphonies.International Musician magazine is the official monthly publication of the American Federation of Musicians, serving 80,000 professional musicians in the United States and Canada. The readers of the International Musician magazine is accepting submissions for their wellness feature "To Your Health".International MusicianAre you interested in being published in a magazine?
To Your Health — Wellness Features (600-750 words) — These articles are either nontechnical explainers with treatment and prevention tips for problems that may affect musicians—hearing loss, muscle cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, stage fright, etc, as well as health-related techniques to aid musicians (yoga, stretching, chiropractic care for musicians, correct vocal technique, etc.)  These stories may contain direct quotes from musicians and/or practitioners, and should be written for musicians/consumers/ patients. All musicians interviewed or mentioned must be members in good standing of the AFM.
Send your 600-750 word article to Dorry Allen at You will be notified via email if your article has been accepted.

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International Musician may use any submitted material as it sees fit for print and online versions of International Musician magazine without compensation due to Author; however, International Musician is not under any obligation to use the materials. 

Author represents and warrants to PAMA and International Musician that to the best of his/her knowledge, the concepts, ideas, copy, artwork, electronic files and other materials produced do not infringe on any copyright or personal or proprietary rights of others, and that he/she has the unencumbered right to publish. Author will indemnify PAMA and International Musician from any damage or loss, including attorneys’ fees, rising out of any breach of this warranty.

Artwork (photographs, illustrations, music notation, and video links) must be hi-res and legally available for use. That means the Author (submitter) is wholly responsible for contacting the legal owners of all photographs and seeking permission to use them. All photo credits and captions should be submitted with the artwork.

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