Making music is an intensely physical act. Musicians both professional and amateur are catching up to athletes in recognizing the importance of learning more about health and wellness. Musicians and non-musicians alike too often ignore or deny aches, pains and medical problems as long as possible, playing or working through pain and accepting it as a price to be paid for doing something they love.
It does not have to be that way. A healthy, well-adjusted musician with an effortless technique has a much greater ability to maximize his or her musical potential. Many problems can be eased or totally erased by more careful attention to posture and healthy movement. The Blair School of Music offers several courses in wellness for musicians, or anybody seeking a holistic path to healthy living.
Tai Chi for Stress Release
Session I: 7-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, September 10-October 15
Session II: 7-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays October 22-November 26
Tuition: $150 per session, but students who take both receive a $20 discount on the second session
Instructor: Cindy Hui-Lio
Location: Room 1197
Learn gentle Tai Chi movements and breathing techniques to help ease chronic stress and anxiety. Learn how to "tune in" to your body and balance your movements. New and returning students are welcome. Great for musicians and all who want to feel better! Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Cindy Hui-Lio is a certified Tai Chi and Qigong instructor by the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association and Massage Therapy, having completed her training at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Hui-Lio enjoys sharing her 20 years of Tai Chi experience with all on the journey to rediscover their mental and physical connection.
Alexander Technique for Musicians
Alexander Technique is offered in spring semester 2020 for ages 13+
Instructor: Sally Ahner
Stress, pain and injury are not requirements for mastering a musical instrument. The Alexander Technique is a body/mind discipline for lessening or even eliminating these altogether from music-making, while helping you achieve your performance goals. The Alexander Technique can help students move with less pain and tension, greater ease and flexibility of mind and body.