Feldenkrais and the Musician
& Christina Petersen
14:00 - 15:30
Learning an instrument is always influenced by issues of somatic learning. For example, the connection of the arms to the center of the body while sitting or standing is relevant for all instrumentalists.
Learning an instrument usually involves a long-term relationship of teacher and learner. This can be a wonderful experience. However, it is also an easy way to inherit undiscovered methods that date back to the days of authoritarian pedagogy. Thus, effort, pressure and hostility to making mistakes are companions for many musicians. Therefore, it is our concern to show how the principles of the Feldenkrais Method can be integrated into instrumental teaching. In short, creating experiential spaces versus teaching something.
The workshop will present different perspectives on the topic. Participants will be guided through small practical Feldenkrais lessons. An experience will be created that invites to search for solutions. So how the experience can be integrated in a normal lesson in instrumental pedagogy. A special feature of music making is the constant feedback through the sound.
We will work exemplarily with voice and demonstrate our approaches towards working with an instrument.
Prof. Dr. Corinna Eikmeier studied Violoncello, Contemporary Music and Improvisation. During her studies she developed a keen interest in the relationship between physical movement and musical expression and enrolled in the Feldenkrais training in Vienna, which she completed 1995 alongside her music degree. Being part of numerous interdisciplinary projects, she is also a regular member of the long term ensembles: 'Cello en vogue' and 'Erstes improvisierendes Streichorchester'. She worked as a lecturer at the University of Music Hannover where she taught Feldenkrais and Improvisation. From 2017-2018 she was a Guest professor for music pedagogic at Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg. Since 2020 she is Professor for Instrumental and Singing Pedagogy at University for Music in Lübeck. From 2007-2009 she worked on the project “Ungewohnte Positionen. Ein praktischer Beitrag zu Anwendung der Feldenkrais-Methode in der musikalischen Improvisation” which became her PHD project at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien: “Bewegungsqualität und Musizierpraxis. Zum Verhältnis von Feldenkrais-Methode und musikalischer Improvisation”. Between 2010-2016 she was the president of the German Feldenkrais Guild. She is the chair of the Ring für Gruppenimprovisation.
Christina Petersen first learned of the Feldenkrais-Method at the start of the 1990s. Since 2003 she has been working as a Feldenkrais-Practitioner in Lübeck and did her exam to be a state approved naturopath in 2014. In 2017 she fulfilled her training to be an Assistant Trainer and has been assisting the training courses, which are mainly based in Spain. She also studied music in Lübeck and is working as a piano teacher. Christina is also the founder of the „ConMotoPetersen“ podcast were she talks to students and teachers of the Feldenkrais-Method. At the start of spring 2021 she started a lectureship at the University of Music, Drama and Media based in Hannover. The focus will be the connection of music and the Feldenkrais Method.