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. Adults too often ignore or deny aches, pains and medical problems as long as possible, playing 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, January 15-February 26
Session II: 7-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays March 12-April 23
Tuition: $170 per session, but students who take both receive a $20 discount on the second session
Instructor: Cindy Hui-Lio
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.
Alexander Technique for Musicians
4:15-5 p.m. Mondays January 7-April 8
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.