Health and Wellness

Ringing Safely: Stance, Seat, & Stroke

This class will teach you ergonomic techniques to help you not only survive those long rehearsals, concerts, and day-long ringing festivals, but also do so without pain or soreness. Ringers will be introduced to the “Three S’s”: Stance, Seat and Stroke, and will focus on developing a relaxed ringing style to help control the bell, ring dynamically, and make beautiful music.

Instructor: Michèle Sharik

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Stretching for Musicians

Stretching is good, when done right.  In this class you will learn why to stretch, what to stretch and how to stretch.  Demonstration will be given of stretches that are appropriate for before, during and after a rehearsal, concert, service or other music making opportunities.  Note – participants will be invited (and encouraged) to move and actively participate in the class.

Instructor: Rob Meyer-Kukan

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Anatomy for Musicians Made Easy

Anatomy sounds technical and difficult to understand. After all, the study of anatomy is only for medical professionals, right?  This class will teach you the basics of anatomy as it applies to music making.  Building on the concept of, “your body is your instrument”, participants will take away a better understanding of how their body (their instrument) works, moves and makes music.

Instructor: Rob Meyer-Kukan

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Preventing Injuries for a Lifetime of Music Making

One of our goals as directors, educators, instructors and handbell musicians is to develop “lifelong musicians”.  We do this through teaching music concepts, technique, repertoire, performance practice and more.  By learning techniques for healthy music making, coupled with healthy lifestyle practices, we can reduce the chance of injury allowing our bodies the ability to play for a life time.  This freedom gives us the opportunity to focus on making music for a greater musical affect.

Instructor: Rob Meyer-Kukan

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