Playing the piano with arthritis
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Playing the piano with arthritis

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Osteo-arthritis is a painful deterioration of joint tissues. Despite having osteo-arthritis in all her fingers, Machiko Yamane Musgrave still plays the piano — even the difficult Chopin Etudes. You can see her piano videos here:

Machiko is the co-author and illustrator of the Doctor Mozart music theory workbooks for children. (Doctor Mozart is the name of a cartoon dog character.) Learn more at

Machiko also composed many of the tracks on the popular, easy-listening piano album, Lavender by Machiko and Paul Christopher Musgrave: