Trumpets in motion

...Brass meets Feldenkrais

“It was a very rewarding seminar! Your enthusiasm and eagerness to explore new avenues is inspiring.”
Claudia König, Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts

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

How can I acquaint children with a brass instrument in a way, which encourages an easy play feeeling and also promotes a natural sound development.
How can I remove blockages or restrictive habits?
How can I reach the necessary body awareness necessary for playing an instrument?
How do I encourage the development of musical expression?
How can I encourage pupil self-activity and creativity?

The first attempts with the instrument are of utmost importance, the first lessons determine whether play feeling comes easily or not. Our motto is: the first step is always easy.
We will show you holistic aids which help the pupils develop embouchure, breathing and play feeling. These aids will promote easier and carefree playing and will encourage the development of sound.

Body awareness and behavior plays a very big role in playing music.
Ease of movement and a receptive body are prerequisites for breathing that flows, sound development and effortless playing.
It’s often the case that posture or movement patterns that we accept as normal actually prevent a carefree and fluent approach to playing.
We will show you how to resolve blocking barriers and how to prevent them in the first place. We will show how to replace blocking barriers with a more favorable body behaviour.

Training perception promotes the development of embochure, breathing and brass playing techniques.
Perception provides us with knowledge about our actions.
I can only change things I am aware of.
A fine tuned awareness is also mandatory for developing musical expression. I can only express musically what I personally experience.
We use exercises both with and without instruments, so the group can experience the interaction of movement, posture, the way of playing and sound.
The Feldenkrais exercises for improving body awareness complement instrument instruction in a profound way. This provides a different approach to teaching methods and you will perceive your pupils in a new light.

You will receive the necessary tools to lend a lighter and freer note to your lessons. We perform a wide variety of practical exercises which can effectively be used straight away in your every day teaching . We will trigger new ideas for your teaching methods where discovery and experimentation play a central role – always holistic, using all the senses.
At the same time we will show how learning can be a creative process, whereby your pupils are presented with a set of tasks, which promote the discovery and development of blowing techniques and musical processes. They can utilize their own personal experience and thereby extend their expressive potential.
We will demonstrate a lively approach to developing musical expression. Movement and a playful approach lend a joyful atmosphere for all your pupils – and last but not least for you too.

 

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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