Artist, performer and teacher.
There is a sense of immediacy in music.
It's about what's happening right then. What you see, hear and feel is about the moment. What you're experiencing is a two way relationship between the performer and the audience – where listening is the currency.
I've had music in my heart since I was 4. A guitar in my hand since I was 10. Students since I was 24. Having stood on hundreds of stages, both solo and as a member of a group, I've felt the transfer of that connection. Through teaching, I've influenced the voice and skill of over a hundred students.
Like many musicians, I was experiencing pain symptoms related to the amount of time I spent playing music. I sought therapy and relief in conventional medicine, tai chi, acupuncture and other methods to relieve the symptoms. My search for a discipline and balanced way to continue my love of music led me to the Alexander Technique. The Alexander Technique helps to identify and overcome harmful habits and unlock a more natural, comfortable and confident way of life. After seeing the benefits it brought to my own music, I pursued a certification in the program. I provide instruction in the technique in both musical and non-musical context.
From the Blog
An alternative therapy used to improve posture is more effective at treating back problems than conventional treatments, research has found. The technique teaches people to move and hold their bodies correctly by using frequently forgotten muscles to aid balance, and avoiding poor posture.
The Alexander technique, a little-known type of physical therapy designed to reduce chronic pain, is more effective at reducing back pain than exercise alone or massage therapy, according to a new study.
How do habits develop? We can see how habits develop by observing the movement of a child. Babies are usually born with an overall fundamental pattern of coordination “programmed” into their nervous systems. This primary pattern works efficiently and easily with the human structure. An example of this natural efficiency of the human mechanism can be seen with a baby who spontaneously sits up by himself.
One of the things I emphasize when I'm coaching a musician is the importance of regularly redirecting thought whenever practicing or performing. It is this “redirecting” process that is an essential element of constructive change.
About 14 years ago, when I was in training to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a friend took me to a lovely quartet concert at Carnegie Recital Hall. As we listened to the music, I watched the bodies of the performers fight with their customary tensions - the cello player tightly curving over his cello, the violinists tilting up their instruments, clenched between shoulder and chin. But the violist's look was different.