Therapeutic exercise specialist and classically trained violinist (1994 B.M. Performance CCM, University of Cincinnati), Jona Beczkiewicz Kerr believes that specific, high quality exercise can reduce or eliminate the effects of repetitive stress, a highly common and mainstream cause of physical pain and disorders. In collaboration with Brian Murer, DC/SmT, Kerr has worked with hundred of clients and patients, including world-class musicians, dancers, and athletes since 2012 to rehabilitate and restore their physical health to optimum levels.
Passionate about learning and teaching, Kerr employs a revolutionary exercise methodology developed by the world-renowned doctor, Guy VOYER DO, with whom she regularly studies and is certified. In May 2016 she will have completed VOYER’s three-year Soma Training Program and will continue her studies in Soma Therapy.
Having struggled with repetitive-stress induced arm problems from violin studies, Kerr believes that due to the extreme physical nature of performance, musicians (particularly students) should have access to high quality exercise instruction to mitigate performance related repetitive stress. As a result and in collaboration with the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Kerr founded one of the only corrective and therapeutic exercise programs at a major music institution. Now in it's fifth year, the program has successfully helped countless students overcome and prevent injuries.
Kerr is invited regularly to present lectures and workshops at universities and conservatories, music festivals and national conferences, including the upcoming American String Teachers Association National Conference in Tampa, March 2016.