“Playing with the Body in Mind” involves co-operation of natural movements of the human body and the ergonomics of the piano. When body and mind work together it allows more freedom and easiness of body in the exploration of sound.
"Playing with the Body in Mind" is a holistic and natural way of playing , that creates a healthy technique with which pianists enjoy playing with ease and naturalness.
“Playing with the Body in Mind” is inspired and based on Feldenkrais method, Tai chi, QiGong, Taubmann Approach and years of self ( and body) inquiry that came from my playing and teaching.
When you play the piano with body awareness, the music becomes a source of exploration and creativity. It emphasizes the connection between body awareness and the creation of beautiful sound.
I have adapted “Playing with the Body in Mind” to the Suzuki piano repertoire, using Dr Suzuki’s Law of Ability. Teaching very young children reinforces the need to look after and care for the body ,and help a children develop healthy habits. Each piece in the Suzuki repertoire has been scrutinised and analysed to offer optimum fingering, technique and musicianship in performance.
Teachers who study and/or re-visit the repertoire, with “Playing with the Body in Mind” view and experiment, experience transformation in the way they play, teach and live.
The course is offered in 3 levels. It can be taken live and/or online.
Here is what teachers had to say after "Playing with the Body in MInd" workshop: "It was great worskhop !! Thank you Zohara, you are the inspiration and great leader. You gave us so much ! We are honoured to have you in QLD" Yumiko Yamaguchi, President, Suzuki Association, QLD, Australia ~~~~~~~ "It was a fun filled, educational, inspiring days of learning with you. Playing with three other pianists at the same time, was such an exciting experience too. I would love to come back, thank you very much." Momo, Brisbane, ~~~~~~ "I wanted to thank you for the workshop. It was inspiring as always! Especially the "Playing with the body in mind" part. I took all the advice regarding the natural play, tried it at home and honestly it works for me. It makes perfect sense and I can't wait to keep experimenting with it. What most important is that my hands feel very comfortable and at ease and I guess that will allow me to play better :) " Zita, Brisbane ~~~~~~~ "Thank you soooooo much for the workshop yesterday. It was the best ever!! It was so nice to see everyone smiling!! I am sure everyone appreciated it as much as I did. I would be so good to do this more regularly!" Keri, Brisbane ~~~~~~~~~ "Just a few words to say that I appreciate everything you shared with our enthusiastic piano group. Your wisdom and knowledge is truly inspiring and our group will take this back to our own Suzuki families to nurture and educate them in the true Suzuki way. Wishing you safe travels and an enjoyable few days in Melbourne." Kay Griffiths, NSW ~~~~~~~~ Thank you Zohara. You revolutionized my teaching and have had a significant impact on my teaching.I find myself quoting you in my teaching about the 'turning the tap on and off' for phrasing - and have also experienced first-hand the brilliance of your Suzuki teacher training process. You said at your last workshop here that trainees should stay close to the more experienced teachers, and 'drink from their fountains' - I loved that, and still think about that often. Much much love. Mel James, Perth, WA