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Erin Finkelstein | Your Skeleton is Your Instrument series

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How to do a lesson:

  • Have a small stack of hand towels as a support or a small firm pillow to place under your head as needed.
  • Seated lessons will best be done in a firm chair that does not roll.
  • Go very slowly.
  • Pause the lesson as needed to give yourself time.
  • Move within your own comfortable range. 
  • Do NOT push or strain. You will get more benefits by doing less.
  • Try to let go of doing the movements the “right” way. 
  • Be curious and enjoy the changes.
  • Follow any healthcare restrictions you have been given.

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Finding Your Magic Zone: Playing from Your Pelvis

Model: Christopher McKay, Violist Phoenix Symphony and Co-Artistic Director of Urban Nocturnes

This lesson investigates rolling the pelvis in various ways and pushing through different parts of the feet in different locations on the floor, to explore how many options you have for supportive movement. You’ll learn to connect the arms to the support of the pelvis. We embrace making mistakes to create the conditions in our nervous system to do something more effectively.

Sitz Bones Support your Jaw and Face . . . and Everything in Between!

Model: Lisa Tharp, Flute and Piccolo Player

This whole-body lesson helps your jaw connect to the support of your pelvis. Using the imagination, sensations of forces moving through you, and listening to the softening of your ribs through your own hands, this lesson can teach your nervous system to find support for your face and jaw through the whole skeletal system. 

Coordinating Flexors and Extensors: A Novel Way to Rid Yourself from Shoulder Tension

Model: Alex Austin, DMA candidate in French Horn Performance 

This classic Feldenkrais lesson helps to coordinate the long muscles in the back, and sense how to follow forces through the skeleton. I will also spend time in the beginning of the lesson discovering how to simply raise an arm with the least amount of effort, as this can be extremely habitual with tension for musicians. Themes include using constraints, variations, imagination, and finding the 5 lines of support.

Seeing your Neck, Shoulders and Hands More Clearly

Model, Brian Poirer MD, Amateur Pianist

A lesson focusing on differentiating your eyes, neck, shoulders, and feeling your ribs.

Breathing the “Wrong Way”: Finding Skeletal Rib Movement for Increased Air Support

Model: Carla Ecker, Concertmaster of the Rogue Valley Symphony 

Learn how our ideas about breathing differ from the sense of breathing. This lesson will resemble the lesson “breathing into parts of the torso” but will address blind spots in the language of our music education, and how to bridge the gap between thought and sensation.