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NJIT designer creates an ergonomic chair for musicians
Date:6/12/2012

A chair to help musicians feel better and play better is the goal of David Brothers, assistant professor of interior design at NJIT's School of Art + Design. He has created a chair designed to reduce the back pain that is an occupational hazard to musicians who are required to sit for long periods, most often on a seat not designed for their needs. He said that his chair is designed to promote good playing posture and correct breathing techniques.

"It's well established among musicians that a good understanding of proper posture and breathing improve sound quality and are directly linked to exceptional instrument control and mastery," Brothers said. "What is less understood is the influence of chair design on the ability to achieve these goals."

Last winter, Brothers presented a paper on his research, "The Seated Musician: Furniture Design and its Effect on Performance and Health" at the Tenth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, and a poster, "Musician Chairs: An Ergonomic Design Perspective for Improved Health & Performance," more recently at the Society for the Arts in Healthcare Annual Conference in Detroit. He was also named a finalist in the International 2012 Spark Awards program celebrating design excellence and innovation for his chair design.

The office furniture industry has developed countless chairs that represent the latest understanding of designers, medical professionals, and ergonomic experts as how best to facilitate contemporary office tasks while preventing health issues among workers who remain seated for extensive periods of time, said Brothers. Professional musicians are similarly expected to practice and perform while seated for prolonged time periods.

"But little attention has been paid to professional musicians," he said. "There are equally significant questions to address for the health and performance of people whose 'office' happens to be practice rooms and performan
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Contact: Sheryl Weinstein
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New Jersey Institute of Technology
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