Playing with Ease and Awareness
Instructor: Colleen Jennings (Faculty, University of Massachusetts)
Duration: 6 x 90-min session
Schedule: Starting late August 2021
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In this class we will work on building awareness in order to increase your abilities as a performer. Heightened awareness of your body and its place in space will help to produce a fuller, freer sound, reduce physical tension and heighten your listening potential. In addition, developing these skills helps to limit the chance of physical injury as well as reduce performance anxiety.
Week 1 – Alexander Technique Principles: Inhibition and Direction
Week 2- Body Mapping: Visualization and Drawing/Sculpting
Week 3 – Listening and Judgment
Week 4 – Performance Anxiety
Week 5 – Injury Prevention
Week 6 – The Panoramic Performer: taking it all in
Violinist Colleen Jennings was formerly Co-Artistic Director at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and second violinist in the Apple Hill String Quartet. During the regular concert season, in conjunction with Apple Hill’s Playing for Peace program, the Quartet performed concerts and conducted residencies locally in New Hampshire, nationally in major U.S. cities, and internationally around the globe. In recognition of their work, the organization won the 2016 CMAcclaim award from Chamber Music America. Colleen currently teaches violin at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College. She also teaches privately and runs a chamber music class from her home studio. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and Master of Music degree from Rice University. In addition she received an Artist Diploma from the Schweizerischer Musikpädagogischer Verband in Basel, Switzerland. Her principal teachers include Sergiu Luca, Marilyn McDonald and Antonio Pellegrini.
This class includes a masterclass element for active participants. Learners will participate in movement explorations, drawing/sculpting activities and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to any queries you might have.