Healthy practice for wind instrumentalists

Course Dates: 12/12/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Online

Playing any instrument can be as demanding on body and mind as training for a major sporting event. In this online course, specifically designed for wind instrumentalists, we will explore ways that we can keep our musical practice sustainable, healthy and joyful. From beginners to professionals, we all need healthy habits in this regard. The tuition is split between a professional flautist and an Alexander Technique practitioner. Tutors: Lindsey Fillingham and Brita Forsstrom.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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.

Tutor Biographies
Lindsey Fillingham Tutor Website See more
Brita Forsstrom Tutor Website See more

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: MR001

Sat, day, 12 Dec - 12 Dec '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £59.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2630

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