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Tune in to Health! Wellness Strategies for Musicians at Simply for Strings

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Join us as we investigate practical and innovative ways to support the health and well-being of musicians. With presenters David Peirce (Physiotherapist) and Amanda Robinson (Psychologist), we will be learning about common symptoms of both physical and mental health challenges, and, importantly, explore ways to navigate these in the context of learning an instrument. 

Music for many can be therapeutic, but many music educators are not trained or are comfortable with managing health concerns. Although there is increasing education and awareness about the well-being of musicians, these resources do not always discuss practical applications and ways to implement these in the context of lessons or rehearsals.

What to expect:

  • An overview of major muscle groups & behaviours contributing to shoulder, back, arm, and wrist pain 
  • Ways to identify and manage major causes of acute physical pain common in string players
  • An introduction to common mental health challenges, their symptoms, and how they might appear in the context of a one-on-one lesson
  • Practical and feasible plans to accommodate and incorporate certain challenges in semi-structured learning conditions 

This event is recommended for educators, tertiary students, professional musicians and adult players.


David Peirce has over 30 years of experience helping people return to performing – whether in day-to-day life or on their stage. He was the consultant physiotherapist to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for 13 years until 2022, along with helping students, amateur and professional musicians understand the physicality of their craft and manage the rigours of musical performance. He has also been affiliated with the Queensland Ballet, Opera Queensland, and Queensland Theatre, lectured at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, multiple musicals including Matilda, Wicked, Grease and SIX, international music acts and numerous touring shows. David consults in Brisbane at PhysioTec, Tarragindi and is currently the national vice president of ASPAH (

Amanda Robinson has worked as a psychologist since 1999, after graduating with a Masters of Education Psychology from the University of Queensland. She has a passion for working with children and adolescents and holds postgraduate certification in Education. Amanda has worked primarily in the public sector with current and ex-serving Defence members and their families. She has a focus on using expressive therapies in individual therapy, family therapy and group settings. 


Simply for Strings respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners of the land we hold this event on, the Turrbal and Jagera people. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the important ongoing contributions our first nations communities make to our music and arts scenes.


There is one small step up to the main entrance, with a ramp available. Restroom facilities are not equipped to be specifically accessible and are accessed through regular-width doors, but are accessed via the same floor level as the event space. There is a clear, well-lit pathway from the entrance to the event space. For access needs, we have an access assistant available upon request, and reserved seating for audiences with different access needs. Please contact the event organisers if you have any accessibility questions at all.

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