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Pragmatic Hand Evaluation (PHE) with Consultation (according to Ch. Wagner)

The higher the requirements to be met on an instrument, the more urgent it becomes to realistically evaluate the manual preconditions: This is in favour of an appropriately chosen repertoire, a playing and practicing technique adapted to the individual and to prevent overuse symptoms.

The Pragmatic Hand Evaluation (PHE) covers 25 hand characteristics. With the help of the instruction in Hand und Instrument, pp. 263-270, the evaluation can in principle be done independently. The comparison with the musicians’ reference group however is only realistic if the measurements are being done absolutely precisely . In a second step it becomes relevant to understand the connections between the results of the PHE, the feeling of playing and the practicing habits.

Musicians, who are interested in booking a Pragmatic Hand Evaluation including a consultation with the instrument, are welcome to contact us anytime.


Ulrike Wohlwender

Prof. Ulrike Wohlwender, Stuttgart
Professor for piano pedagogy at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. Music pedagogue graduated in piano and elementary music pedagogy, postgraduate artistic studies in piano.1984-2010 teacher for piano at the Lampertheim Music School, since 1989 head of piano department. 1997-2010 Faculty member of the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Mannheim as a teacher for methodology of piano teaching.  Since 1996 member of the Saarbrücken Circle for methodology of piano teaching.
Seminars at music schools and music colleges, lectures at congresses of the Verband Deutscher Musikschulen (VdM), EPTA and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Musikermedizin (DGfMM).  (Co-)author of publications on piano pedagogy: www.1-2-3-klavier.de.
Since 1999 cooperation with Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Wagner and collaboration in writing Hand und Instrument. Joint lecturing and seminar activity in the domain of music physiology. Collaboration with the Zürcher Zentrum Musikerhand (ZZM).


Selected publications in the field of music physiology:

Christoph Wagner (1931-2013): Father of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine in Germany [In Memoriam]
in: Medical Problems of Performing Artists Sep. 2018; 33(3):220

Remembrance of the Music Physiologist Christoph Wagner (1931-2013) –
Life, Life's Work and Concept of Research
EPTA-Dokumentation 2013/14, Düsseldorf 2015, S. 7-20 (in German), translated by the author                 

„Ich fühle, dass der Druck immer hier im Handgelenk bleibt“
Overuse-Syndrom einer Pianistin im Spiegel der Individualität ihrer Hand  pdf
in: EPTA (Hg.): Mit Hand und Fuß. Zum Berufsalltag des Klavierpädagogen,
Dokumentation 2016/17, Düsseldorf 2018, S. 7-22

„… seit 3 Jahren einschlafende Finger auf der Bühne“ − Overuse-Syndrom eines Pianisten im Spiegel der Individualität seiner Hand;
in: Kruse-Weber/Borovnjak (Hg.): Gesund und motiviert musizieren − Ein Leben lang. Musikergesundheit zwischen Traum und Wirklichkeit, Mainz 2015, S. 67-76

Tel. 0049- (0)6206 - 59 289


Horst Hildebrandt
Prof. Dr. med. Horst Hildebrandt, Zürich

Tel.: 0041 (0)43 446 51 20


Oliver Margulies
Dr. Oliver Margulies, Zürich

mobil: 0041 (0)78 815 05 94