What is the course about?
This course will equip you with knowledge about musicians’ health and wellbeing, and provide you with practical tools that you can apply to your regular practice routines.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Body awareness and use
Physical and technical warm-ups
Preventing injury and hearing loss
Tackling stage/performance anxiety
Developing efficient practice routines
The practice environment
Resilience, motivation and inspiration.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Use Alexander Technique practices for breathing, centring and managing anxiety
Have greater awareness of your body and its use
Better understand your body’s warning signs and possible injuries associated with your instrument
Plan an effective, satisfying and achievable practice session
Formulate short and long-term practice goals
List ways that you can find greater resilience, motivation and inspiration in your practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is open to wind instrumentalists at any level. However, enough experience on your instrument so that you can play a simple piece for the class will be expected.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This class will be taught online, with tutor explanation, class discussion and demonstration via video conferencing. The tuition will be split between a professional flautist and an Alexander Technique practitioner. You will be able to follow some practical exercises and there may be opportunities to apply some practices to your playing.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please be ready to take notes if you wish, have your instrument ready to play (no sheet music required), and wear comfortable clothing. You will also need space to lie down on the floor, so please have a mat or rug ready and a few paperback books to use as support for the head.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may also be interested in Improvising and composing your own cadenza.
This short course is a supplement to the general wind instrumental programme.
A follow-up course.