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Episode 56: Quantifying the Essence of Drumming Biomechanics | Nadia Azar

We had a great conversation with Professor Nadia Azar, an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor. For the first time on BOOM, we learn about the biomechanics of drumming and playing other musical instruments. Nadia shares her findings on the mechanics of how playing-related injuries occur and how to prevent them, along with her own journey through biomechanics and music, and how learnings from each can inform the other. One of our favorite takeaways was from Nadia is where she talks about her quest to be an imperfectionist, and learns that at some point you just have to say, “F*** it, the essence is there.”

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Additional resources:
– TED Ed animation from Bit of BOOM “How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins”:
– Music Education and the Brain: What Does It Take to Make a Change? – Anita Collins, 2014: