Fitness / Percussion

Why Fitness Matters in Music Performance

While she was a graduate assistant at the University of Kansas, Dr. Mai Tadokoro Hessel spoke at a TEDx event in Kansas City about the physicality of music performance. In preparing her performance of Joseph Schwantner’s Velocities for marimba, she explains the process of taking up running and weight training in an effort to physically prepare for the endless motion the piece requires. Her performance and talk follow below.