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A book which answers
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High level musician
High level musician

From warming up to dealing with stress before a competition, Coralie Cousin, physiotherapist for musicians and specialist in musicians'health issues such as pain and tendinitis, tells you everything in her book « The Musician a high-level Athlete ». Aimed at musicians experiencing pain due to extensive practice of their instrument, this book contains thorough advice with illustrations so that readers feel confident about putting the suggestions into practice.

Coralie Cousin

Coralie Cousin

A graduate in physiotherapy, Coralie Cousin has been a specialist in the retraining of musicians' hands for twenty years.
She has opened her own « Musicians Clinic » in the 13th district of Paris in France. She has treated over 6 000 musicians and is the official therapist for musicans at the renowned École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot as well as for the National Orchestra d'Ile-de-France.
Through numerous articles, conferences and interviews on radio and television, she offers help to prevent musculoskeletal disorders. Thanks to her work, musicians find back the joy of playing without suffering

Biography

Biography

  • * Since 2016 : Pôle Sup' 93
  • * Since 2006 : National Orchestra d'Ile-de-France
  • * Since 2001 : Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot
  • * 2016 - 2020 :
    - Pôle Sup' 93
    - Conferences and Curriculum: Voice, Wind, String, Harps and Percussion.
  • 2020

    - Lisbon International Music Network https://millisboa.com/mil/
    - MIL2020 /Health-Music Workshop
    Conference: ‘Is The European Music Industry in Good Shape?’
    * » Quoted From: The Health Promotion in Schools of Music (HPSM) (Matei, R. Broad, S. Goldbart, J.Ginsborg, J. 2018. ‘Health Education for Musicians’, in Frontiers of Psychology)
    The Health Promotion in Schools of Music, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Dance (CNSMD) de Lyon
    Prevention of Performance-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Physiology of Breathing, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Dance (CNSMD) de Lyon.
  • 2019-2020

    - The Health Promotion in Schools of Music. Alfred Cortot L’École Normale de Musique de Paris
    - The Health Promotion in Schools of Music. Piano classes with Odile Delangle and Michael Wladkosky. Flute classes with Patricia Nagle, Cello classes with Anssi Karttunen and Henry Demarquet.
  • 2019

    - De l’Air à la Musique’: Prevention of Performance-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Physiology of Breathing. Association of French Orchestras (Association Française des Orchestres/AOF).
    - Pole Sup’93 Curriculum: Prevention of Performance-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Physiology of Breathing. Aubervilliers, La Courneuve, Seine-Saint-Denis
    - Prevention of Performance-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Physiology of Breathing, CNSMD, Paris
    - Conference: ‘Dystonia: Focus on Musician and Physiotherapy.’ 4th International Congress on the Treatment of Dystonia, Hanover, Germany
    - Conference: ‘Guide to Health for Musicians, Dealing with Pain and Therapeutic Strategies’. CNSMD Ministry of Culture, Lyon
    - Training Course: ‘A Musician’s Gestures and Postures’. CNFPT Poitou-Charente, Aliénor Centre, Poitier
    - Training Course: ‘Strategies and Therapeutic Outcomes for Musicians’ and ‘Prevention and Relief of Muscular-Skeletal Problems for the Musician.’ Association ‘Music En Forme’ for physicians, doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths.
  • 2018

    - Conference: ‘Guide to Health for Musicians, Dealing with Pain and Therapeutic Strategies’. CNSMD Ministry of Culture, Paris. .
    - Training Course: ‘Physiology of Gesture and Risk Prevention for Orchestral Players’ . Association of French Orchestras.
    - Conference:’ Guide to Health for Musicians, Dealing with Pain and Therapeutic Strategies’. Conservatoire, Cergy-Pontoise
    - Training Course: Posture and Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders for Musicians.
  • 2017

    Intervention for the Medical Assistance Team: ‘La Folle Journée, Le Rythme des Peuples’, Nantes.
  • 2016

    Conferences Cursus DE, Conservatoire de La Courneuve / CRR 93 :
    « Didactique spécialisée percussions/batterie », 8 avril
    « Didactique spécialisée chant », 1er avril
    « Didactique spécialisée vents », 25 mars
    « Didactique spécialisée cordes et harpe », 18 mars
    « Didactique spécialisée clavier », 19 février
    « Didactique spécialisée guitare », 12 février
    « Didactique spécialisée direction d’ensembles vocaux » 5 février
  • 2015-2016

    Perrine Philibert’s tutor : « Pédagogie et prévention des pathologies du hautboïste d’orchestre ». Travail d’Etude Personnel 2e année de 2e cycle supérieur, Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris CNSM / 75
  • 2015

    Three Master Class : « Prévention de la Bonne Posture chez le jeune flutiste » Conservatoire Municipal d'Antony / 92
    Conference Cursus DE : « Prévention des troubles musculo-squelettiques du musicien »,11 décembre, Conservatoire de La Courneuve / CRR 93
  • 2014

    Conference sur « La crampe du musicien » Colloque Médical Amadys
  • 2013

    Master Class with Ghislaine Petit Volta CRR Paris
  • 2013

    Conference in Japan: Elisabeth University of Music
    Republication of «The Musician, a high-level athelete » - Ad Hoc Editions
  • 2009

    National Orchestra of Radio France, on tour in Frankfurt with Kurt Masur
    Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
  • 2008

    English version « The Musician a high-level Athlete » (available on Amazon)
  • 2005

    Meeting with Professor Raoul Tubiana and Philippe Chamagne.
    Publication « Le Musicien un Sportif de haut niveau » aux éditions Ad Hoc
  • 2002

    Ouverture du cabinet médical spécialisé dans la pathologie de la main du musicien à Paris XIIIe

Educator at national music conservatoriesLogo du pôle d'enseignement  Supérieur de la Musique de Seine Saint-Denis

Educating teachers in the prevention of ailments related to the extensive practice of an instrument
Conservatories : CRR de Paris , PôleSup'93, Olivet, Clamart, Lagny-sur-Marne, Montmorency etc.

Consultant physiotherapist at recognized institutions

  • Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot de Paris since 2001.
    Masterclass with teachers from music schools, for example
    •  - Piano with Odile Delangle and Michel Wladkowski.
    •  - Flûte with Patricia Nagle.
    •  - Harp with Isabelle Perrin since 2004
  • CRR de Paris
    •     A series of 10 Masterclasses in harp in 2012 with Ghislaine Petit Volta

Orchestral physiotherapist

Individual consultations for members of the orchestra and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders

  • National Orchestra d'Ile-de-France, since 2006
  • The Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, 2008 - 2009
  • The National Orchestra of Radio France, on tour in Frankfurt, Germany with conductor Kurt Masur in March 2009.

Conferences

  • Japan, 2012 : Elisabeth University of Music
    Medical « Prevention of occupational diseases of musicians »
  • Harp Congress in Lyon, Oboe in Tours, Saxophone in Gap etc.
  • CNSM in Paris : Vocational days

Background

After receiving her secondary school diploma, Coralie Cousin decided to study physiotherapy and to unite her two passions : working with artists, treating and curing musicians.

Qualifications

Like musicians, she has a highly-developed sense of excellence

  • - Extremely attentive, she observes closely with true empathy
  • - Her vast knowledge enables her to take into consideration the specific needs of musicians
  • - She possesses excellent knowledge of different instruments and their constraints
  • - She understands body requirements and the need for correct movements, with a combination of intuition and sensitivity
  • - Her expertise derives from more than 20 years of experience.

Achievements

In 2002, creation of « The Musicians' Clinic » in the 13th district of Paris. The Musicians' Clinic is an ideal place for musicians to consult and benefit from personalized treatment and retraining.

  • Coralie Cousin has treated and guided more than 3000 musicians in styles ranging from jazz to classical etc.
  • Her priority is pain prevention and she teaches young musicians to adopt postures and movements that will enable them to play without damaging their body.
  • She practises reeducation, treats symptoms and offers musicians the joy of playing again to their maximum capacity without suffering.
  • Thanks to her, numerous musicians have been able to take up their instruments again, after having been forced to stop.

Sharing her passion through written medias and public appearances

Her book « Le Musicien, un Sportif de Haut Niveau » (Editions Ad Hoc, 2005)
Republished in French
In 2008, publication of the English version « The Musician a high-level Athlete » (available on Amazon)

Articles in music magazines such as

  • - The World of Music, special edition on the piano
  • - The Musicians' Letter, special edition on the piano
  • - The French Violoncello
  • - The Flute
  • - The Classical Guitar
  • - The Music Professional
  • - The New Musician
  • - The International Association of Harpists and Friends of the Harp.

Radio and television appearances

  • France Musique : « A portée de mots » with François Castang 2005.
  • France Musique : « Présentez la facture » with Marc Dumont 2006.
  • La Cinq : « Daily Health 2007 ».