The Musician’s Survival Manual

Richard N. Norris, MD


Richard Norris, MD (1987)

What Music Educators are saying:

“Any musician seeking to understand their instrument from a whole body perspective will  benefit from  the insights  contained in 
Dr. Richard Norris’s ‘Therapeutic Exercises for Musicians’ videos.

This landmark program targets many of the physical problems commonly experienced by both aspiring students and professional musicians alike and provides gentle exercises to promote a well balanced musculoskeletal approach to instrumental playing.”
Warrick Dobbie – 

Australian cellist, 
National Co-ordinator - Music Teachers Australia

In addition to being a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty training in Orthopedics and SpineCare, Dr. Norris’ movement studies included years of
Yoga,Tai Chi Chuan, Aikido, jazz dance, ballroom and ballet.  All of these various disciplines have informed and influenced  his exercise programs.


“Therapeutic Exercise

for Musicians”

Exercise Video #2  download

Norris • Arts • Medicine • Education

This 60 minute video presentation was recorded at the "Playing Less Hurt" conference in Minneapolis,MN in 1992.

It features Dr. Norris demonstrating a wide range of stretching, strengthening and Tai Chi-based exercises similar to the ones included in the course he taught at the New England Conservatory of Music in the late 1980's.

20 years later he’s still at it...

Taking it to the next level. This video elaborates and builds

on the basic movements taught in his 1991 video‘Therapeutic Exercise for Musicians’. Unlike the first video, here the focus is on building power through grace using the basic movement patterns but adding resistance in a variety of novel ways, with both animate and inanimate exercise partners!

This intriguing clip by the great Fred Astaire, one of Richard’s hero’s, epitomizes the spirit of exercise  as dance/play, that inspires

Richard’s presentation.



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“By the Power and Grace:
the Interface of Exercise and Art”