Both the Berklee community and the community of lovers and teachers of the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education lost a true treasure in the fall of 2008, when Richard Ehrman unexpectedly passed away. A long-time employee in the Berklee concert office, Richard steadily built a thriving for-credit program of "Awareness Training for Musicians" at Berklee which, at the time of his passing, served some 50-60 Berklee students per semester. He also taught a level II class to a smaller group, and had just begun a course on Somatic Breathwork for Singers. Many students reported that this class was the one of the most valuable classes they had attended at the school.
Read what Richard's students had to say about the class.
Read Richard's own description of Awareness Training for Musicians.
The Richard Ehrman Memorial Feldenkrais Series at Berklee seeks to honor Rich's legacy by brining the Feldenkrais work he loved to the community to which he devoted so much. Each class in the series is presented by different Certified Feldenkrais Teacher, and focuses on a specific aspect of movement and awareness and their relevance to musicians.
The series is made possible thanks to the support of the Berklee community and the LiveWell program at Berklee.
*To access The Loft, enter 921 Boylston Street, take elevator to 3rd Floor, turn right and take short flight of stairs. The Loft is at the end of the hall.
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Presence is All: Presenting our authentic selves to an audience
“Stage fright” or “stage presence”? No matter where we are situated on the ‘stage of life’, we would like to be comfortable in our own bones while in the presence of others. We will explore the relevance of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® as preparation to perform with aplomb. By using ATM processes as exploratory tools we may enhance our own ‘image of self’.
For performers of all kinds: musicians, poets, performance artists -- anyone who wishes to be at ease with themselves in relation to others.
Come prepared to try it out! Bring your instrument and a short (under 60 second) excerpt to perform. Ladies - bring your high heals!
Deborah Elizabeth Lotus GCFT began her movement explorations with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in the early 70’s at Esalen Institute in California and continued her training with him through the early 80’s. Her private practice is in Cambridge and Mexico and she has taught Feldenkrais at Harvard, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Longy School of Music.
She is pleased to be part of this Feldenkrais series at Berklee College of Music—a fitting tribute to her colleague Richard Ehrman.
The Groove in your Bone, the Beat in your Breath
Music teachers will tell you that you have to "feel the beat." But very few of them can tell you how. Those of us who know what they mean, also know that one could always feel that beat more clearly, and that when we feel it clearly, everything becomes easier -- from communicating with other musicians to playing complex rhythms to shaping a phrase.
In this Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement workshop you will learn to feel the beat by becoming aware of your breath and the way it moves through you.
Josh Schreiber Shalem, MM, GCFP grew up playing the cello, but was forced to stop right after college due to chronic hand pain. A ten-year journey of growth and healing eventually lead him to the Feldenkrais Method,® and from there to a Masters in viola da gamba at the Longy School of Music. Now once again an active performing musician, he is a founding member of the ensembles Seven Times Salt, Long & Away, Musica Nuova and Meravelha. In addition to his private practice, Josh has taught Feldenkrais to musicians at the Longy School of Music, New England Conservatory, the Amherst Early Music Festival, and helped complete Richard Ehrman’s last semester at Berklee.
Josh is the coordinator of the Richard Ehrman Memorial Feldenkrais series at Berklee.
Find him at www.discover-yourself.com and www.discover-yourself.com/music.
From Anxiety to Harmony
Sympathetic = flight or flight,
anxiety, muscular tension & inflammation
Parasympathetic = rest & relaxation,
easy breathing, clear thinking
Our unconscious autonomic nervous system is meant to
fluidly transition from sympathetic to parasympathetic
dominance depending on the needs of the moment.
Many of us live is a continuous state of over-arousal
of the sympathetic nervous system, keeping us locked
in patterns of anxiety, pain and excessive tension.
In this workshop we will explore how Awareness Through
Movement lessons can activate the parasympathetic nervous
system, helping to bring you into a greater state of balance,
ease and harmony in body, mind, & musical performance.
Tiffany Sankary is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner based in the greater Boston area. Tiffany's background as a visual artist informs her approach to the Feldenkrais Method. Curiosity, exploration and creativity are at the core of her practice. The integration of the changes she personally experienced from the Method led her to dance, yoga and Authentic Movement. In addition to the four-year Feldenkrais training, Tiffany completed a two-year Contemplative Dance/ Authentic Movement training in Western, MA. She offers group classes and workshops as well as individual hands-on Functional Integration® sessions. She works with a variety of populations including, dancers, athletes, seniors, and those who struggle with body image, neurological difficulties, eating disorders, and chronic pain. She is currently working on a book illustrating some of Moshe Feldenkrais’ writing with drawings.
For more information visit www.tiffanysankary.com
Our ability to coordinate our hands with the rest of ourselves--especially with our eyes and our breath--determine how well we can express the music we have inside of us. Join us for a simple, soothing lesson that will bring greater clarity and ease to how you interact with your instrument.
Margo Hennebach, GCFP, LGSM(MT) first started playing piano to get out of washing the dishes after family dinners, and has never looked back. With a BM in Piano from Oberlin and a post grad degree in Music Therapy from the Guildhall School of Music in England, she practiced music therapy for several years before being drawn back to performing original music, most recently with her international trio, Mad Agnes. A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer, she discovered how Feldenkrais made everything easier--not just music--and became a practitioner in 2003.
When not performing, she teaches privately, leads workshops and classes, and occasionally washes dishes. She is honored to participate in this series.
Within Arm's Reach
Using intelligent movements from The Feldenkrais Method® and Bones for Life® program you will discover fun and ingenious ways of moving the arms harmoniously with the shoulders, chest, spine and pelvis to enhance your performance and prevent injury. Instrumentalists and vocalists will benefit.
June LaPointe, GCFP, is a voice teacher and string player, who brings 30 years of experience as a performer and somaticeducation coach to her practice of helping people move and express themselves with greater fluency, power, authenticity and ease.
Visit June at www.junelapoint.com
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the Spring 2012 series