Feldenkrais For Musicians
Do you suffer from playing-related injuries or pain?
Are you satisfied with your playing?
Are you satisfied with your sound?
Do you feel you can vary your sound to get the results you want?
Is it easy to realize your musical intentions on your instrument?
Do you find playing your instrument a physical pleasure?
Is your practice efficient? Do you know what to change to get
a better result?
performing musicians share these concerns. With this in mind, Aliza
Stewart has designed classes and workshops especially for them. Participants
benefit both from Aliza's extensive experience with performers and
from the powerful tools for improvement offered by the Feldenkrais
Issues addressed that are particular
to playing include:
Using the large
muscles in the center of the body to ease the work of the
arms and hands.
Organizing the power
of the back to sustain an upright posture effortlessly.
Maintaining an even
pace in breathing throughout a performance.
Shifting weight from
one side to the other seamlessly to affect the sound and, in the case of keyboard
playing, to move efficiently through the whole length of the piano.
Improving rhythmic acuity.
Improving the coordination between the eyes, neck and arms.
Playing is a complex process that begins with a musical intention
which is then translated into a series of movements involving changes
in weight, speed, orientation in space, and relation to gravity. These
elements combine to produce the sounds needed to realize the original
musical idea. When these movements are inefficient and not optimally
organized, the result is excessive strain and unnecessary wear-and-tear
on the muscular-skeletal system and, of course, unsatisfactory musical
results. Magnified by long hours of practice, these physical stressors
produce many of the playing-related injuries that are so common among
To read an depth interview from
the Spring 2007 issue of Senseabilty Magazine about Aliza's work
with one musician click here. (The article will open in a new window. Close that
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Please visit Aliza's site for musicians, www.FeldenkraisForMusicians.com and contact Aliza if you have questions about how she can
help you attain your goals.
the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival Aliza Stewart became something
of a phenomenon. Her deep knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method and
her remarkable instincts for reading a musician’s physical tendencies
made her constantly in demand. A musician in her own right, she is
not only a practitioner capable of preventing and healing pain, but
a partner in a search for greater freedom in how one makes music.”
- Seth Knopp
The Peabody Trio
Director, Yellow Barn Music Festival
classes enhance my personal enjoyment of performing and allow me to
adjust naturally and with increasing ease to the high level of stress
associated with music performance.”
- Mary Woehr
Violist, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra