Category Archives: embodiment

choral v. instrumental

This is another post in response to a question my conducting students had. They wanted to know the differences between choral and instrumental conducting. I explained in class that there is some controversy over this subject, and that there are … Continue reading

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being right

I have a quote from Elaine Brown on a sticky note on my desktop: If our being is right, our doing will take care of itself. I love this idea; and it sums up the embodied approach to conducting in … Continue reading

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breasts

There is a lovely recent piece in The Guardian about getting more women trained as conductors. It’s good. I’m in favor of all of it. More highly trained, passionate women conductors means more pressure on the glass ceiling, and eventually ensembles will … Continue reading

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emotion triad

It’s hard to talk about emotions. I don’t mean personally, I just mean that the concept, scientifically, is big and complicated, and human understanding of how emotions work is constantly evolving. But there is a thing that seems consistent among … Continue reading

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truth

My perspective is informed by the art I make, the books I’ve read, the therapy I’ve done, and the science I’ve learned. It seems to me that the good stuff all says the same thing: the things that stave off … Continue reading

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the inner game of conducting

Today, the “Conference Morsel” on ChoralNet was from a NW Division presentation on Conductors as Athletes.  It doesn’t say much, which I’m guessing is due to its physical, hands-on, practical nature.  That’s awesome, and I totally agree, and absolutely think … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Well-Being, Mindfulness, & Love (and conducting) 2

One of the important things that got repeated at this seminar I attended in November was the definition of mind: an embodied and relational self-organizing, emergent process that regulates energy and  information flow within you and between you. The mind is … Continue reading

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