Event Category: for musicians

A free workshop in the Richard Ehrman Memorial Feldenkais® Series at Berklee
Teacher: Hellen Miller, GCFP
What we see in our mind’s eye while making music can help to illuminate how we move as we play, so we will draw from imagination as well as from life in this Feldenkrais and drawing session.

If you’ve ever been to a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class, you’ve probably experienced the wonderful, and at times profound, changes that can take place through this method in your body and in your sense of self.

Now imagine what could happen over the course of four whole days, as you go deeper and deeper into your senses, and flesh out the map of your self-image.

And now imagine that you are spending those four days exploring and improving your breath!

This class uses the unique process of Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® to address issues of specific concern to musicians. We will cover a wide range of topics, from the anatomy and ergonomics of music-making to the more elusive areas of performance anxiety, stage presence, inspiration, and creativity.

“Just RELAX!”

How many times have you heard a teacher or coach say this? Maybe you’ve heard it so many times, you say it to yourself. Or maybe you’re a music teacher and have resorted to saying this yourself when you could see your students working against themselves.

And how do you (or your students) respond to this exhortation?

This series will draw on my years of study of Tai Chi and on the martial roots of the Feldenkrais Method to help you:

  • free the power of your breath
  • cultivate a sense of your physical and mental center so you can keep calm and grounded under performance pressure
  • develop soft, yet powerful arms, hands and fingers, while leaving your neck and head free and relaxed
  • refine the connection between slow, controlled practice and fast, agile execution

“Just RELAX!”

How many times have you heard a teacher or coach say this? Maybe you’ve heard it so many times, you say it to yourself. Or maybe you’re a music teacher and have resorted to saying this yourself when you could see your students working against themselves.

And how do you (or your students) respond to this exhortation?

When: Sundays,  2:30-4:30 pm July 12, 26, August 16, 30, 2015 Where: Cambridge Music Consortium 315 Broadway, Cambridge, MA Cost: $18 pre-registered, $20 at the door  Join me for this exciting experiment! Part Awareness Through Movement class, part masterclass – YOU set the agenda! What do you want to work on? What’s holding you back as a musician? At each meeting I will work with one or more musicians with related questions in an improvisatory, master-class format that will include the other students present. Do you all have versions of the same question? How does it come into play for you? I…

The relationship between movement and sound will be made explicit in this special Feldenkrais workshop for musicians. Through gentle Awareness Through Movement lessons you will learn to listen to your body and use what you have learned to improve on your own. We will spend some time working with participants playing their instruments or singing to see how the movements apply to performance.

This class uses the unique process of Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® to address issues of specific concern to musicians. We will cover a wide range of topics, from the anatomy and ergonomics of music-making to the more elusive areas of performance anxiety, stage presence, inspiration, and creativity.