Michelle Jamieson

I believe that life is a beautiful gift, and that as educators, we shape the future of every student we come in contact with by showing them how to be fully engaged in their lives. We create space to allow their creativity to flourish and help them discover who they really are and glimpse who they might become.

I relish helping people use the tools of mindfulness to enrich their lives and the lives of those around them. I feel most alive when I am running, listening to the sounds of the world and the rhythm of my breath. It is the same quiet feeling one experiences when sitting on a deck with a warm cup of coffee at the start of a brand new day or playing a beautiful etude on stage in an empty recital hall.

I grew up in Rochester, MN and received a bachelor degree in Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa. I completed my student teaching in Cedar Falls, Iowa and Brisbane, Australia. I spent two more years teaching on the east coast of Queensland before coming back to the U.S. to get my Masters in Wind Conducting at the University of Colorado in Boulder under Allan McMurray. I left full-time teaching in Colorado in 2003 to focus on raising my children but continued to teach privately. We moved to Rochester, MN in 2008. While working at the Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Wellness Center, I was offered the opportunity to participte a 200-hour yoga certification program followed one year later with mindfulness training in Jon Kabat Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. I immediately started integrating mindfulness into my music instruction, recognizing the ease with which mindfulness tools can enhance music education, composition, and performance. I am passionate about helping fellow musicians be present in their music-making, whether they are singing, playing an instrument, teaching or conducting.

Work & Experience:

  • Education
  • Master of Music, Wind Conducting
    University of Colorado
  • Bachelor of Music Education
    University of Northern Iowa
  • Certifications
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Mindful Schools
  • Corepower® Yoga (Vinyasa Flow-200 hour)
  • AFAA Personal Training
  • AFAA Group Exercise
  • Recent Activity
  • 2019:
  • Cal Poly
    Music & Mindfulness
    Band and Orchestra Students
    April 24th-25th | San Luis Obispo, CA
  • College Band Directors National Association
    "Engaging the Artists Within" & "Do Less, Be More"
    February 20th-23rd | Tempe, AZ
  • 2018:
  • Sonoma State Conducting Symposium
    June 25th-28th | Rohnert Park, CA
  • Northern California Wind Conducting Symposium America River College
    June 18th | Sacramento, CA
  • UC Davis Research Study (with MBSR)
    June 7th-August 2nd | Sacramento, CA
  • Mindfulness Presentation Auburn Library
    June 13th | Auburn, CA
  • Half-Day Retreat Sutter Health
    June 22nd | Roseville, CA
  • Graduate Class for MBSR Alumni “Living Mindfully”
    May 7th-June 18th | Roseville, CA
  • Teen Mindfulness Valley High School
    April 3rd and 10th | Elk Grove Unified School District
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom Professional Development
    April 2nd | Placer Hills Union Elementary School District
  • Weekend Mindfulness Retreat Harmony Ridge Lodge
    March 17th-18th | Nevada City, CA
  • Mindfulness Training Colfax Elementary
    March 5th, 13th, and 20th | Colfax, CA
  • CASMEC – California All-State Music Education Conference
    “Working with Performance Anxiety”
    February 16th | San Jose, CA
  • Mindfulness Presentation Sutter Roseville Medical Center
    February 6th | Roseville, CA
  • Performance Anxiety Presentation Tim’s Music
    February 3rd | Carmichael, CA
  • 2017:
  • Cazadero Music Camp Mindfulness clinics with music ensembles
    June 27th-July 2nd | Cazadero, CA
  • Donner Mine Music Camp Mindfulness Presentation
    July 11th | Nevada City, CA
  • IBA – Iowa Bandmasters Association
    “Present on the Podium” and “EQ and You”
    May 11th-14th | Des Moines, IA
  • CASMEC – California All-State Music Education Conference
    “Present on the Podium”
    February 16th-19th | San Jose, CA