About the Aberystwyth Musicfest Online Summer School
For 2021, we are committed to provide you with the world-class, MusicFest experience that you have grown to love. Although we are not able to host our summer school in-person, we are following our 2020 success with a digital summer school experience to provide a selection of courses online led by our internationally renowned tutors.
The Summer School is unique in offering organised, structured chamber music opportunities and coaching, as well as superb learning experiences through the festival of concerts given by the tutors themselves (all of them are leading performers as well as inspirational teachers).
Mindfulness for Musicians with Carola Emrich-Fisher
Mindfulness (secular meditation) has long been of interest for musicians and other performers as a resource to regulate performance anxiety and stress and as a tool to enhance practice, performance and teaching. The Mindfulness for Musicians sessions will be very experiential (practices followed by inquiry), with minimal theoretical background presentation, as the only way to understand the benefit of mindfulness is to experience it. Participants can gain a “taste” of mindfulness as a concept and practice in this course and will learn specific techniques to apply to their own performing, teaching and life.
The sessions are 2.5 hours long and there will be one longer or two shorter breaks. Please wear comfortable clothing and assure that you are undisturbed for the duration of the session.
Session 1: Introduction to Mindfulness This session includes a brief presentation on mindfulness. After an initial discussion in breakout rooms, participants will be guided in the Body Scan, followed by inquiry (group discussion) and a final pair-activity.
Session 2: Mindfulness and Musicians Session two centres around brief mindfulness practices that can be used by musicians before performing and teaching. A brief presentation will highlight benefits of mindfulness for stress and performance anxiety, followed by a Mindful Movement and Mindfulness of Breathing practice.
Session 3: Where will you go from here? After a review of the previous sessions, participants will be guided in a longer Sitting Practice, followed by inquiry. The session concludes with a breakout room activity and group discussion/Q & A, followed by a closing practice.
Other applicant information
Participants are asked to submit a questionnaire before the start of the course to determine previous mindfulness experience and to assess suitability for the course. Mindfulness may not be suited for individuals with acute anxiety or depression, as well as severe past trauma or breathing difficulties.
- You can request a space on this course here. Applications will be reviewed, and if accepted we will send full information on course joining and fee payment via email. We aim to respond within 7 days to your reservation request.
Fees and financial support
- The tuition fee for this course is £125.
- Musicfest Aberystwyth welcomes bursary students from all over the world and prides itself on offering high-quality, intensive training for music students, graduates, and music professionals. We do not wish finance to be a barrier to attending our Summer School so our bursaries (funds towards the cost of fees) are available to help students, graduates and young musicians attend our courses. Friends of MusicFest provide bursaries towards MusicFest Aberystwyth course fees for students in full-time education. The number of bursaries available is limited, so it is essential you apply as soon as possible. For more information and how to apply, please visit our Fees and Bursaries page.