Music Educators

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful poetic things to the heart.”
~Pablo Casals

"Music begins inside human beings, and so must any instruction. Not at the instrument, not with the first finger, nor with the first position, not with this or that chord. The starting point is one's own stillness, listening to oneself, the "being ready for music," listening to one's own heartbeat and breathing."
~Carl Orff

Teaching music is complex and multi-faceted. In the classroom, teachers are not just passing along information, they are creating well-rounded, creative, imaginative human beings.

This not only requires great knowledge and expertise, but lots of energy and a willingness to give. Teachers are tasked with the duties of taking care of hundreds of students and themselves at the same time.

This can be an overwhelming and exhausting challenge. The good news is that there are skills to help maneuver this obstacle course, both for you and for your students.

Some of the benefits of mindfulness training are:

  • Stress Reduction
  • Greater Relaxation
  • Empathy
  • Sense of Well-being
  • Less anxiety
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Regulation
  • Compassion
  • Better sleep
  • More positive

Just as developing the skills and technique to play a musical instrument requires time, patience, and practice, so, too, does learning to be open to the moment and acquiring the tools to be present. Practice is necessary to be able to let go of negative self-talk and to either release performance anxiety or to put it to more productive use. An intimate relationship is necessary to understand one’s feelings and how thoughts may simply be thoughts or may or may not carry the truth. This path to a deeper relationship with oneself requires dedication and deep listening.

~Michelle Jamieson

Music & Mindfulness Program

The Mind Your Music program is designed to develop:

  • Focus and concentration
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation skills
  • Sense of calm and relaxation
  • Cognitive control
  • Increased empathy
  • Ability to respond rather than reacting

All of these skills are valuable in the music-making process and are especially useful in performance.

Program details:

  • 6-8 Weeks of Instruction
  • 15-20 minutes of class time
  • 1-2 sessions per week

Presentations

Don't have time for a full program? We also offer short presentations that can act as an introduction to mindfulness and how it applies to music.

Program Request Form

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