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Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists$
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Lora Deahl and Brenda Wristen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190616847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190616847.001.0001

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Understanding Small-Handedness

Understanding Small-Handedness

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(p.1) One Understanding Small-Handedness
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Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists
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Lora Deahl

Brenda Wristen

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190616847.003.0001

Small-handedness continues to be overlooked, discounted, or else treated as a stigmatized disability to the present day. Chapter 1 provides the reader with a historical context for understanding the nature of small-handedness and its impact upon piano playing. Topics include the evolving history of the piano and its relationship to small-handedness, the physiological parameters of hand size, the demographics of small-handedness, and pedagogical and gender biases. The innovation of ergonomically scaled piano keyboards (ESPKs) is briefly addressed. Small-handedness is explored as a risk factor for the development of playing-related injury, and the role of the piano teacher in working with small-handed students is discussed.

Keywords:   history of the piano, small-handedness, hand size, demographics, pedagogical bias, gender bias, ergonomically scaled piano keyboard (ESPK), playing-related injury, piano teacher

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