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Health of musicians and music in function of health



Music and health were two key words of this project of Goethe-Guerilla and Goethe-Institut. Namely, the Institute for Musicans’ Health Kurt Zinger from Berlin, presented itself on 3 June in the hall of the Goethe-Institut with its lecture entitled “Health of musicians and music in function of health“. The aim of the Kurt Zinger Institute is research, development and testing measures for illness prevention when it comes to musicians, as well as finding treatments. The title of the lecture implies a distinction between musical treatments and musicans’ treatments. However, in accordance with the goal of this Berlin based Institute – the emphasis on taking care of musicans’ health – a large part of this lecture was devoted to mental training and training when it comes to musicans’ performances. In this case, another perspective was shown regarding treatments and elimination of ailments in musicians, but this time „without music“.   Professor Kristin Gutenberg was born in 1972 in Tegernsee. From 1992 to 1995 she studied physiotherapy at the University Clinic in Freiburg, and from 1998 to 2001. Health Education at the Faculty of Applied Sciences - FH Munich. As part of her education she takes professional training in the field of instrumental music, contemporary dance, dance theater, performance art, and the like. She is one of the co-founders of the “Kurt Zinger” Institute for Musicians’ Health, founded in 2002 at the University of Art and the Academy of Music “Hans Eisler” in Berlin. She is also a lecturer and assistant professor at various art and music academies. Her work includes physical and mental training and training related to performances, stress-management, analyses of playing and other. From 2001 to 2008, she was an associate professor of music-physiological courses at the Art Academy and the Academy of Music “Hans Eisler” in Berlin. Since 2008 she has been working as associate professor at the “Kurt Zinger” Institutes for Musicians’ Health, becoming its acting director in May 2009.