Movement, Ease and Sound

….Brass meets Feldenkrais

“Once again a huge thank you for a wonderful day! Suddenly I can now do things which I could never do before. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”
Renate Wieland

This seminar deals with all that is necessary to develop embouchure, breathing and blowing technique so your playing becomes effortless and melodious

We examine the relationship between movement, breathing, play feeling and sound both with and without instruments and with Feldenkrais instruction.

You will learn how to develop embouchure and blowing technique which will promote light and efficient play.

You will see how pupils probe their regular playing habits and discover more useful methods.Once pupils change blocking posture or movement habits their playing and sound will develop.

Feldenkrais instruction improves body perception and is a profound complement to instrument pedagogy.

We examine not only body behaviour but how thought and thought patterns affect the body and whether a different body perception can change thought.

Posture is important because it affects ease of playing, breath flow and development of sound. There is also a direct correlation between posture and inner attitude.

That’s why we pose the following question…What picture do I have of myself? How do I approach new tasks? What mental image do I have when preparing to play? How does my inner perception affect posture and play? Might my body tension affect my thought patterns? When I’m teaching how does my language affect thought patterns and the whole teaching session?

You will learn to recognize interrelationships and develop a more holistic approach to your students and your own teaching methods.This will result in a different approach to solving blowing/musical problems.

We will demonstrate a holistic approach towards developing embouchure, blowing technique and musical expression. We will also demonstrate effective exercises and aids for use in everyday teaching.

We also offer this course for Brass and Woodwind players.

Based on the methodical approach for Brass Players its possible for non brass players to experience how pupils come to terms with brass playing issues. They will also discover how to achieve a better sound and how to play with more ease. Along with our lecturers you can develop methodical practices for your own instrument.

 This seminar is in collaboration with the Feldenkrais Practitioner Annegret Lucke.

Annegret Lucke teaches flute and Feldenkrais methods at Dr. Hochs Conservatory in Frankfurt and at the Academy for Tonkunst in Darmstadt. She feels that the Feldenkrais learning method, which leads to a perfect body awareness, is the ideal way to implement a holistic approach to instrument instruction. She studied Feldenkrais methodology with Chava Shelhav, who was a long term colleague of Moshe Feldenkrais. She has been a certified member of the german Feldenkrais Association (FVD) since 2005.

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