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Mindfulness for Musicians

Stephen Burns

Mindfulness for Musicians: Cultivating Focus, Confidence, and Relaxation

Transcend stage fright so you can unleash your expressive power. 

Two different weeks: June 28 - July 2  &  July 12 - July 16

Open to all Summer Instrument Intensive participants, this course is designed to heighten a musician's focus, relaxation, confidence, and peak performance levels. Guided through the mindfulness and contemplative practices of meditation, visualization, resonance frequency breathing, embodied rhythm studies, and "Performance Beyond Fear" exercises, students develop a practical understanding of mindfulness as it is applied to personal health, well-being, and musical performance. Through stretching, alignment, breathwork, relaxation techniques, and class discussion, students will develop confidence and synchronization of body, breath, mind and music.

Join this workshop daily, prior to an Instrument Intensive to:
  • Learn a proven set of mindfulness techniques that can be applied to practice and performance.
  • Release physical tension while increasing expressive intensity in playing.
  • Discover how to shift focus from self-consciousness to generosity onstage.
  • Connect to a confidence you never knew you had.
  • Develop vibrant stage presence in your performances so you can connect more strongly with  your audience.
Runs 8:45AM - 9:45AM daily before each Instrument Intensive by Stephen Burns, DePaul School of Music faculty member.

Mr. Burns is a certified teacher in The Art of Practicing, authorized group meditation instructor, Shambhala Meditation Center and winner of the Maurice Andre and Young Concert Artists competitions.

Applications are now closed for this workshop.