What you don’t know can hurt you.
Alexander Technique and Body Mapping can help you.
Alexander Technique has helped movers of all kinds for over 100 years.
F.M. Alexander used keen observation to solve his movement-related loss of voice.
He realized some simple but powerful principles of coordinated movement.
He taught these principles to others who taught others.
You can be one of those others.
William Conable observed musicians who were limited by confusions about their bodies’ structures.
He helped them move out of their confusions by teaching them basic anatomy.
Barbara Conable designed the course What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body.
She taught others who taught others.
You can be one of those others.
Fill in the missing links about movement.
Build on new knowledge.
Learn to identify habits that are limiting your movements.
Learn to release those habits.
Learn how to identify these limits in your students.
Learn the truth about your body’s structure.
Enjoy the learning!
Time to get your head out of the sand and connect it to the rest of you.
Workshops and lessons will help you regain the freedom you had as a child.
Here I am, playing with beautiful uprightness and joy, even though I couldn’t read music.
Notice how both my sister and I balance our heads. You can learn what interferes with that free balance and restore it.
Here I am decades later, playing with some technology.
Notice that balance remains central to playing the piano.
Here’s what you get with a workshop:
Presentations geared to musicians to give you a foundation for movement.
Images that clarify structures and bust myths about movement.
Quick explorations for sensory feedback in practice and performance.
Tips on teaching to advance this knowledge in your studio.
Guidance for finding instrument-specific resources.
The opportunity to get answers to questions about movement, musicianship, and technique.
How does it work?
PLACES I'VE PRESENTED:
The Hartt School of Music
Gettysburg Sunderman Conservatory
Adirondack Community College
MTNA National Conference
PMTA State Conference
Delaware MTA Conference
Houston School for the Alexander Technique
ABME National Conference
Sigma Alpha Iota National Conference
Suzuki Association of Northern Ohio
National Flute Association Conference
Northeast Horn Conference
Alexander Technique International General Meeting
And just who am I?
I’m a curious teacher who reads, writes and studies about body movement. I know there is always more to learn, even after decades of teaching and multiple degrees. I’ve taught at all levels, from pre-school to graduate school, and I understand the challenges of studio teaching. I adapt my presentations to your needs. I’m on your side.
Here’s what others have asked!
DO YOU WORK WITH MUSICIANS OTHER THAN PIANISTS?
Yes, I’ve helped musicians with a variety of specialties. I can also refer you to instrument-specific resources.
IS THIS WORK ABOUT RELAXATION?
No, but this is a common misconception. It is about matching the effort to the task, what I call balanced effort. Balanced effort feels comfortable and easy, but no one can make music through total relaxation.
CAN I SHARE THE COST WITH OTHER MUSICIANS?
If you plan a group session, you can share the cost. We can do this online or in-person. If you choose to add individual lessons to a workshop, they will be paid separately by the students having the lessons.
DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS?
If a workshop is canceled due to illness or inclement weather, a refund or make-up session will be provided.
Contact me here.