6:30 - 7:30pm
Dr. Christine Isley-Farmer
Hearing loss is an all-too common, rarely addressed problem amongst musicians. Total or partial deafness for a musician can mean the end of a performing/teaching career and requires that adjustments be made in strategies and techniques. As a teacher/singer, Dr. Christine Isley-Farmer's diagnosis of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL) posed the possibility of such life and career-altering ramifications.This presentation shares how Dr. Isley-Farmer utilized daily Alexander Technique Constructive Rest (CR) and walking meditation to partner with her treatment and help her regain her hearing. She will identify the anatomy of hearing, the different types of hearing loss, prevention, and treatment options and present coping strategies to be used in work and performance environments. She will demonstrate how the relationship between hearing and the brain is impacted by our Primary Control and share how she incorporates breathing movements based on yoga, Whispered “Ah,” and Gay Hendricks’ book, Conscious Breathing into her daily Constructive Rest practice.
9:15 - 10:45 am
BAdvantageous Body Support for Performance all tracks
The Alexander Technique is about an advantageous way of supporting our body, and my unique interpretation of the Technique will promote your ability and confidence in applying the AT to your performance. This will instantly change and improve the sound you make, and you will feel easy and play/sing with lighter force. Through this workshop you will learn what advantageous body supporting is and learn how you reproduce it by yourself. The theoretical ideas used are described in my blog (https://advantageousintention.com), and this workshop will provide real-time live experience to ensure your success. This workshop will be the first time for this approach to be introduced on the American continent, and will cover these topics:
- Intend original objective: The basic rule of our intention for efficient use.
- Sense of weight: One of reliable sensory appreciations. Yes, there is reliable one!
- Front axis: Be surprised at the hidden axis.
- Placing: Key intention to have for all states of being.
- Free abs: Realize how the tension in the abs affects our use same as the neck tension.
- Active control of breathing: There is advantageous breathing range. Helpful for better performance and anxiety problem.
- Sound at lip: Effective vocal technique. Get better voice and singing.
- Force transmitting path: For effortful activities like fast playing/making powerful sound.
11 am - 12:30 pm
BVoice and Movement: Flowing Integration voice
In this workshop students will explore singing through guided and improvisatory movements. The objective will be to find freedom of the voice through movement, being it big or small. We will start with verbal AT directions, points of balance and hands-on work. We will do some warmups in stillness and with specific movements. Students will sing part of a song or aria. We will add flowing movements to explore the connection of sound production to the whole body and our surroundings. Movements will start big. As we progress, movements will be smaller. We will then explore stillness in movement and movement in stillness, and its effect on the singing voice.
1:45 - 3:15 pm
BIntegration Piano Method piano
How can you use the body efficiently for playing the piano with musical expression? Together we will explore the structure of the body, how to use it well in relationship to the structure of the piano, and the process of musical expression in a masterclass format. We will cover injury prevention, working with detrimental practice and performance habits.
3:30 - 5:30 pm
BMaking the Most of Your Warm-up Time strings
Whether you play regularly, or are starting to play again after a break, you can choose to use some of your your warm-up time specifically to bring about more comfort and ease with your instrument. In doing so, you’ll gain insights that help you improve your playing overall. Paying specific and conscious attention to your mindset and the way you approach your instrument each day can have positive effects in your overall practice, rehearsal and performance. As a group, we’ll explore some core principles of the Alexander Technique as they apply to playing stringed instruments, try out some specific ideas for warm-ups (with and without the instrument), explore using a timer to help organize your sessions, and practice taking constructive breaks (a nod to the Pomodoro Technique).
9:30 - 11:15 am
BBring Your Instrument all tracks
Bring yourself and your instrument: voice, violin, piano etc. to this Master Class. Ten participants will have time to perform and receive hands-on work while playing. We can all learn through observing people transform and change while making music.
11:00 - 12:30 pm
Underlying any and all specific acts are certain deeply rooted habits which need to be directly addressed if we are to become free from their influence. When we begin to address these deeply rooted, general underlying habits, it has a positive effect on all the specific activities we do.
These habits include things like:
- The tendency to interfere with the relationship of the head neck back (which includes breathing)
- End gaining
- Relying on a faulty sensory appreciation to for guidance in putting ourselves right
- The tendency to employ doing instead of non-doing at all times even when non-doing and/or undoing is required. (i.e. lack of the cultivation of inhibition)
- The tendency to narrow and focus the attention on one point.
This workshop will use the Alexander Technique to create the conditions in which we can most effectively practice and explore the possibilities of the singing voice. We will kinesthetically map various structures of the vocal mechanism and learn the cause and effect relationship between use of the entire self and the function of the voice in singing. We will then apply these awarenesses to exercises and songs in order to access increasingly free and expressive vocal choices. Interested participants are invited to bring songs to work on in front of the group.
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Jay Foote and Heather Gardner
BWhat Every Musician Needs to Know About the Arm Structure all tracks
Kay S. Hooper
Learn about the locations, shapes, and movements of major arm joints through palpation and movement experiences.