Mary Spire

How to Understand and Work with Musicians

with Mary Spire

Playing and performing music requires precision, creativity and the fortitude of an endurance athlete. This two-day advanced training focuses on the specific skills musicians need to play and perform. Mary artfully demonstrates how to pinpoint what the musician/student is not aware of, or isn’t doing yet, that may be interfering with their full satisfaction as they play.

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with Mary Spire

Playing and performing music requires precision, creativity and the fortitude of an endurance athlete. This two-day advanced training focuses on the specific skills musicians need to play and perform. Mary artfully demonstrates how to pinpoint what the musician/student is not aware of, or isn’t doing yet, that may be interfering with their full satisfaction as they play.


Playing and performing music requires precision, creativity and the fortitude of an endurance athlete. This two-day advanced training focuses on the specific skills musicians need to play and perform. Mary artfully demonstrates how to pinpoint what the musician/student is not aware of, or isn‰۪t doing yet, that may be interfering with their full satisfaction as they play. The DVD includes three live demonstrations with musicians playing their instruments, a video case study and many stories that serve to show the creative and masterful way that Mary utilizes Feldenkraiså¨ principles to assist the musicians in engaging more fully with their music and themselves. In addition the 4 DVD set includes a number of ATM lessons oriented specifically for musicians, as well as a printable PDF file of additional resources for practitioners working with musicians.

Day 1 Part 1
  • Introduction by Elizabeth Beringer
  • Introductory Comments by Mary Spire
  • Observation/FI Demonstration: Jennifer Playing the Piano
  • ATM Lesson: On the Side Extending Arm and Top Leg In Front, AY 527
Day 1 Part 2
  • Observation/FI Demonstration: Dorothy Playing the Viola
  • FI Practice: Softening the Sternum In Sitting
  • ATM Lesson: Continuation of AY 527
  • Questions and Answers
Day 2 Part 1
  • Observation/Discussion: Brian Playing the Bass
  • Observation/Discussion: Tanglewood String Quartet Rehearsal
  • Interview: Miles with His Guitar
  • FI Demonstration: Miles Sitting and Standing
  • FI Demonstration: Miles Lying While Holding His Guitar
Day 2 Part 2
  • Questions and Answers
  • ATM Lesson: Bending the Spine While Sitting in a Chair, AY 146
  • Talk: Resources for Working with Musicians
  • ATM Lesson: Tilting the Legs Inward on the Back, AY 173
  • Supplemental Material

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