A performance improvement program
that gets to the core of your being:
Yoga for Musicians ®
This workshop takes place on the first Monday afternoon of each month during the school year.
Email for details.
YOGA FOR MUSICIANS is a registered trademark of John P. Giunta.
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I designed this workshop while I was completing my Master of Arts degree on the classical guitar. During those stressful times, yoga and meditation were the only thing keeping my head screwed on straight. As a professional musician and certified teacher of Hatha yoga, I know better than most musicians how to stay on top of the stresses of a performer's life. The materials from which I have drawn this workshop are flexible and adaptable for student and professional individual performers, ensembles and orchestras. Benefits that may be expected are:
Performance anxiety control and stress management.
Breath control, circular breathing for wind players.
Posture and stage poise improvement.
Concentration and memory improvement.
Meditation and Visualization that is deeper and clearer.
Emotion management, healthier goal orientation and more realistic life review.
Sessions can be scheduled for individuals or ensembles.
This workshop has been presented for the following Organizations and Institutions, sometimes with several repeat visits:
Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA)
The Classical Mandolin Society of America
Washington Guitar Society, Washington, D.C.
Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society, Alexandria, VA
George Mason University, Vocal Performance Seminars of Prof. Patricia Miller at George Mason University
Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C.
Whole Life Expo, Baltimore, MD
Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia
Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW)
The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities
For more information contact:
John Giunta, B.M., M.A.
VIENNA WOODS STUDIOS
Here is a review of my workshop given for the
Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society
May 28, 2007
Who would have known that yoga and the accordion mixed so well! Yoga instructor and musician John Giunta proved it in his entertaining and practical workshop at the May 20 meeting. John has been asking for years when we were going to switch to Sundays -- he teaches Tuesday evenings – and having switched, we didn’t waste any time nabbing him for a program.
John led the group through a series of exercises designed to provide techniques for improving breathing, poise and posture; manage performance anxiety; enhance memory and concentration; develop flexibility and strength; maintain emotional balance; and provide techniques for medication and visualization. Put more simply, the exercises can help the accordionist warm up before playing and during breaks, prevent repetitive stress and other injuries, improve concentration, and allay nervousness about playing before an audience.
With a master’s in classical guitar, John has ample experience in memorizing music, and he shared his back-to-front method. He first memorizes the last few measures of a piece, then the next to last measures, and so on until he gets to the beginning.
If you’d like to learn more, contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-281-5498 or see http://SpecialMind.com.
After the workshop John performed on both the guitar and the accordion (his third instrument; the flute is his second), before ceding the platform to Ken Kunec and other members.