Welcome to the 17th Annual Keyboard Wellness Seminar founded and presented by pianist Sheila Paige. Ms. Paige has over 35 years of experience in the Taubman Approach and an extensive background in Alexander Technique. In 1995, Sheila Paige began presenting workshops on the Taubman Approach. Over the years demand for her workshops and private lessons grew. In 2000, Ms. Paige realized her dream of organizing an annual seminar based on a multi-disciplined approach to learning and began the Piano Wellness Seminar. In 2009, it became the Keyboard Wellness Seminar with the addition of organ. Computer use is also included in 2013. Throughout its fourteen years, pianists from around the world have joined together for this week-long learning experience.
What sets this seminar apart and makes it unique from other conferences and festivals is the inclusion of many supportive and synergistic disciplines. Better use of the body helps all pianists to play with more ease, gain a better technique, and achieve the goal for which we all strive: a technique so comfortable that it leaves the performer free to think only about the music. Sessions given by Ms. Paige on the Taubman Approach and her other innovative strategies are complemented with Alexander Technique sessions given by Phyllis Richmond. But because the body is connected to the mind and the emotions, or, if you will, the spirit, these areas are also explored.
Developmental Fitness, presented by Vicki Conway, is a performance enhancement and stress reduction program based upon the principle of neural plasticity. Our early childhood experiences, along with thirteen developmental skills, establish the neural wiring patterns upon which we base all future learning. However, those patterns can be modified and improved upon throughout life. Using integrative movements and simple manipulatives, this program makes the entire body the instrument of learning. If you know how your brain, body, and emotions are interrelated, you can rapidly improve your rate of learning while reducing stress and anxiety.
Participants have access to a week of biofeedback training, presented by Robert Bonham. The training uses HeartMath technology to demonstrate the intimate connection between feelings and the physical heart and brain. FreezeFrame then teaches techniques to stay in the zone and reduce performance anxiety.
We also have sessions on Meditation, Reflexology, Nutrition, Reiki, iPad for pianists, T’ai Chi, Peaceful Warrior Workout, Tune-up Tips to Optimize Your Day, and Memorization. Disciplines in other years have included Bodymapping, Egoscue Method, Massage Therapy, and Pilates. Of course, there are also master classes, private lessons with a very experienced faculty, concerts, and the energy, camaraderie, and support that one expects to experience at piano festivals.
Join us for a week of playing, learning, performing, inspiration, and excitement! Sheila Paige and the Keyboard Wellness Seminar faculty are dedicated to helping today’s pianists “create a wellness legacy for the future.”