West Virginia University’s Community Music Program will offer a free master class on musicians’injuries and how to alleviate and avoid them on Thursday, July 28, at the Creative Arts Center.

The class is free and open to musicians of all ages. Those who would like to bring their instruments for demonstration are invited to do so.

The class will be taught by Emma Peake, who studied violin and piano at the Purcell School and at Trinity College of Music in London . It will be held from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in Room 440A.

According to Jeanne Frieben, director of the Community Music Program, the lecture focuses on health for musicianshow and why injuries may occur, how to prevent them, how to analyze injuries and methods of rehabilitation. She said the approach is holistic, looking at the entire body. Peake will also discuss instrument ergonomics.

As a student, Peake experienced injuries that forced her to abandon playing entirely, and she was told that she might never be able to play again. However, through analytical study both of herself and others, she successfully returned to playing. She now devotes her energies to promoting injury awareness and the importance of musician wellness for teachers, students and performers. She has published articles in a variety of magazines and journals.

Peake also teaches violin and piano, both in private practice and at Frensham Heights School , Surrey . She lectures at the Trinity College of Music Summer Program.

Although the master class is free, donations will be accepted.

For more information, contact the WVU Community Music Program Office at (304) 293-4841 ext. 3185 or ext. 3168.