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2019: PIANISTS & SINGERS

Save the Date! February 15 - 17, 2019

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

 

Dear Colleagues,

We are preparing the 3rd annual Freedom to Make Music Conference to be held at the Balance Arts Center in NYC February 15 - 17, 2019. The theme for our 2019 conference is "Pianists and Singers."  

Our goal is to create an Alexander Technique learning community for musicians, music teachers, AT teachers, trainees, and students.  This engaging and supportive environment can clarify and deepen our understanding of how the AT can be applied to all musical activities and help further the performer’s musical aspirations.

This year the first day of our conference will be devoted solely to the specific needs of pianists and singers to encourage more in depth study. The second day will feature workshops on more general topics that are of interest to all musicians.

The 2019 conference will prioritize workshops for experiential learning, and also include Master Classes. We welcome proposals for presentations that address specific topics relevant to piano playing and singing as well as more general topics that would be relevant to all musicians such as:

  • Managing Performance Anxiety
  • Healthy Practice Habits
  • Audition Strategies
  • Warming Up the Musician
  • Collaboration: Performing in an Ensemble
  • Stage Presence
  • Strategies for Self-Care

Workshops and Master Classes will have students at all levels of skill and understanding of the AT, from newcomer to trainee. Your material needs to be applicable to all students.  We anticipate that workshops will be 1.5 - 2 hours in length and limited to a maximum of 25 participants. We encourage participatory workshops where students have the opportunity to experiment with the concepts you present. All presentations should be aimed to supporting participants having the agency to continue to improve on their own.   

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: SEPTEMBER 14, 2018  

Please include the following in your application:

  • Title of presentation. Specify if your presentation is geared towards:    - Piano   - Voice   or   - General
  • Description of your presentation, including what specific aspects of singing or piano playing your workshop will address OR how your topic will be relevant for all. 
    Limit to 450 words
  • Specify if your presentation will be a Workshop or Master Class. If offering a Workshop, please include specifically how you will incorporate experiential learning for the group as a whole. If Master Class, please specify how many participants you can work within a 90-minute session.
  • Your bio with years of AT teaching and specific experience pertaining to music and musicians. Limit to 350 words
  • Technical requirements needed for your presentation
     

Please submit your applications to both Ariel and Ann at: arodiger@balanceartscenter.com  and  ariel@atphila.com 

If you would like to discuss your ideas with us or bounce off how to apply your idea to a broad group you are welcome to contact us. 

If your proposal is accepted, we will offer you full tuition to the conference. We expect to get back to you by October 15th regarding your participation.  

All the best to you,

 

- ARIEL WEISS AND ANN RODIGER