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Student with wrist fracture
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My recital is a month away, and one of my best young students just sustained a "buckle" fracture (not as severe) slightly above his right wrist. Of course, he's right handed. He may have the cast removed a week prior to recital. Mom asked for suggestions and I suggested he work on left hand, and do "pretend" playing of his pieces on a paper keyboard, since he is able to move his fingers. Have any teachers had a student in a similar situation? If so, how long were they unable to play? I don't know if it's realistic to think he may be able to perform a month from now, but youngsters do bounce back quickly.


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I've got two with fractures just now, and one of them broke the same arm a second time while still in the cast. I never thought that was possible, but he slipped and put his broke arm out...

I have them on one-handed work and I don't want them to use the injured arm until cast if off and they are using hand normally for at least a week. I want arm to be relaxed and comfortable before playing music.

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I had a similar issue happen one month before my students' recital last fall. A child fractured her wrist and was in a cast until 3 days before the recital.
She had 2 big solo pieces prepared for the recital but decided against playing them because her hand was stiff when the cast came off. (her right hand).
What we did instead, during the month in the cast, was prepare a duet for her to perform with her brother for the recital. She learned the second part with her left hand (basically broken chords) and it was fun for the 2 of them.


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I didn't think you could do that either, ten thumbs! He is well prepared, and I'm hoping the cast is off in a few weeks' time.


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Barb, that's a great alternative!


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chasingrainbows #2089651 05/27/13 12:09 AM
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Melody Bober has a series called Grand One-Hand Solos for Piano. I think it has six different levels. The books are precisely for this purpose, when one hand is injured. Maybe he could learn one in time?!


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I'd ask the mom for a doctor's note for the injured hand. Even though fingers can move, it doesn't mean they should be moving. You don't want to be responsible for telling the student to use that arm by moving their fingers.

Kids heal quickly, but that doesn't mean they are fully healed. My daughter's break was a slight fracture but still required 3 months of PT after being in a boot cast for 6 weeks and another two months of strength training to go back to her competitive training.

If there isn't time for the one hand music, maybe they can be an usher, hand out programs etc if they want to be there.

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MaggieGirl, his mom thought he could perform days after getting a cast off. Wow, that's tough recovery for your student. You're absolutely right, moving fingers doesn't mean he is able to effectively practice. As I told the mom, he tends to play quite forcefully and loud (with my constant reminders to observe proper dynamics, articulation, etc.), so practicing may not be a good idea unless it is fake practicing on a paper keyboard. He's really not the type of student who would want to do duets, or be an usher. He may be interested in one hand pieces though. He does like reasonable challenges.


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While the student may heal quickly, he may or may not be mentally prepared to perform in the recital. This was my student's dilemma; because she was not able to practice for a solid month, she lacked the confidence to perform solo pieces in the recital.


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I do not think he should perform at the recital. But it might be a good time to improve his theory and composition skills. You could play his composition at the recital.


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