Artist in Balance visits Denmark

Crissman Taylor will be speaking at the Musicians' Health and Performance 2nd Conference in Odense, Denmark from June 10-12, 2015. She will be presenting a paper on the ergonomic application of Violinist in Balance, including the digitalisation of chin rest design and production through 3D technology.

Then, in Copenhagen, she will be giving a workshop for Alexander Teachers.

"Speaking without speaking…

singing without singing, playing without playing"

Teaching the core of the Alexander Technique to performing artists

A workshop for Alexander Technique teachers with Crissman Taylor, from Utrecht Conservatory

Copenhagen, Sunday, June 14th, 13:30-16:30

 This workshop centers on the core of the Alexander Technique and it origins in performance. Alexander taught himself to recite without his habitual pattern, a kind of “speaking without speaking.”

Exciting things can happen, also in music making, when this principle is applied. At the Utrecht Alexander Technique Institute for Musicians, we have been teaching the Alexander Technique in the curriculum to all students since 1996.  This workshop is a chance to share and experience some of the practical ways we have developed to link inhibition and direction to music making, to help instrumentalists and singer access and channel the true spark of the music.

 We will work together a bit with the voice and spoken text. If anyone wants to bring their instrument and a piece of music, you are welcome, but it is not required! A presentation of ergonomics and equipment development for musicians (especially violinists) follows in the second half of the workshop.

Center for Alexanderteknik, Sankt Knuds Gade 50, baghuset 1 sal., 1903 Frederiksberg Copenhagen


Chin rest sets for teachers

Violinist in Balance is working with violin store Willem Bouman en zns. in the Hague to produce a series of 36 chin rests that can be used by teachers for their students as they grow. The chin rests will be offered in 6 heights, two chin rest cup sizes for small and large jaw shapes, and will also be available in centrally placed models, and models that can be placed slightly to the right and left of centre. Keep your eye on this site for the new V in B equipment sets, which will be linked to ergonomic information online.

New films online at our channel!

Three new films are online at our Artist in Balance channel! These are warm-ups for performers that help you to become aware of and use your balance, spinal coordination and postural muscles. The warm-ups are geared towards improving your central coordination. Experience in using these procedures has shown me that they enhance your ability to practice and perform well, as they increase physical and spatial awareness, enhance strength and coordination. They were created by Tony Thatcher, Head of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for special use by our students at Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. The other person in the film is Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science at Laban. Tony is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique who has had a career dancing with Merce Cunningham. So, these are world experts in coordination! Click here to get started!