Sheila Paige
  The Keyboard Wellness Seminar Piano • Organ • Computer
Presenter Bio Topics July 2016 Sessions
Robert Bonham HeartMath and FreezeFrame &
follow up*
Sun 7/24, Fri 7/ 29
Robert Bonham Support Group Sun 7/24
Robert Bonham Tune-up Tips To Start Your Morning and Enhance Your Day Mon - Wed 7/25-27
Vicki Conway Fine Tune Your Ears
Developmental Fitness

Sun 7/24
Mon 7/25

Thomas Greenfield Reflexology* Sun 7/23
Phyllis Richmond The Alexander Technique* Sat - Sun 7/23-24
Phyllis Richmond T’ai Chi Thur 7/28- Fri 7/29
Phyllis Richmond &
Sheila Paige
Joint Alexander Technique and Piano Wellness Clinic Thru 7/28
Bradley Welch Bradley Welch Sat 7/23
Heidi Williams Reiki* Sun 7/24
*Private appointments available for an additional fee.
  Appointments may be made directly with the presenter at the seminar.

Robert Bonham
TITLE: HeartMath and FreezeFrame & Follow Up
July 24 & 29

Do our thoughts and feelings affect our performance? Of course they do, and often in ways that compromise our clarity and focus. Can we do anything about these disruptive challenges? Yes. The intimate connection between feelings, thoughts, and the physical heart and the brain can be easily demonstrated with HeartMath, a biofeedback program. A recent doctoral dissertation amply proved that consistent practice with an emWave heart monitor can be effective in reducing performance anxiety. FreezeFrame teaches techniques to help you stay in an optimal zone. This is good for all pianists, anytime, on and off stage.

TITLE: Tune up Tips To Start Your Morning and Enhance Your Day
Advanced Breathing and Energy Tune-up
July 25 - 27

These tips will range from the four-minute Peaceful Warrior Workout and advanced breathing techniques to meridian adjustments and meditative practices that will energize your morning and can be utilized throughout the day to optimize your experiences. “Fear is excitement in the absence of oxygen.”

Robert Bonham
TITLE: Support Group
July 24

A session for keyboard players to share thoughts, feelings, and problems related to playing including physical injuries, emotional adjustments, how to change one’s technique, etc. Emphasis is placed on coping strategies and learning what to expect.


Vicki Conway
TITLE: Fine-Tune Your Ears!

July 24

Learn the critical role that the inner ears play in both listening and balance. As sound travels through the inner ear, higher frequencies are processed through the cochlea, ‘the listening ear’, while lower frequencies are processed through the vestibular system, ‘the ear of the body’ that makes us move to the beat. The vestibular ear of the body also controls our balance, and guides our sensory-motor integration including eyes, ears, and coordination for both gross and fine motor skills. Learn how to fine-tune the ears to enhance learning and improve focusing, reading, listening, and performing skills.

TITLE: Developmental Fitness-Kinesthetic Awawareness for Balance, Fluency, Organizatation, and Memory
July 25

Developmental Fitness is a performance enhancement, sensory-motor integration, and stress reduction program based upon the principle of neural plasticity. Our ear/brain development in the womb and our early childhood experiences, along with thirteen developmental skills and dominance profiles, establish the neural wiring patterns upon which we base all future learning. However, we continue to elaborate and modify our neural connections and patterns throughout our lives. The Developmental Fitness program makes the whole body the instrument of learning. While acknowledging the important role of emotions, it uses listening skills and integrative movements, with and without manipulatives, to stimulate our kinesthetic sense and enhance the neural network communication system between the brain, the senses, and the muscles of the body.



Tom Greenfield
TITLE: Natature’s Sunshine/Reflexology
July 26

Tom Greenfield has two degrees from TCU, a B.A. in English and a Bachelor of Music in theory and violin. He has played professionally with both the San Antonio and Fort Worth symphonies. One of the reasons that he stopped playing many years ago was pain. It gradually increased from a sometime annoying ache in the left shoulder and neck to a full time, painful muscle contraction that resulted in the left shoulder being elevated almost two inches above the other. The cessation of professional playing stopped a lot of the pain but not all of it. Next came low back and sciatic nerve pain that was occasionally devastating. Mr. Greenfield was driven to find alternative solutions to surgery and was pleased to learn of the tremendous benefits of massage, reflexology, yoga breath-work, particular exercise routines like Somatics, nutrition, and herbs and vitamins. The self-application of all these disciplines gave Mr. Greenfield a virtually pain-free existence that he enjoys sharing with his clients. He uses this knowledge to help his violin students avoid the same mistakes that he made.



Phyllis Richmond
TITLE: The Alexander Technique
July 23 - 24

Phyllis Richmond and Sheila Paige
TITLE: Joint Alexander Technique and Piano Wellness Clinic
July 28

TITLE: T’ai Chi
July 28 - 29

The Alexander Technique teaches you how to use your kinesthetic intelligence to change habits of poor body use, reduce tension and effort, and improve posture, coordination, and breathing. In a series of Alexander Technique lessons, you will become aware of your habits of misuse and develop the skills:

• to stop creating unnecessary tension and misdirected effort and
• to restore comfort and ease in practice and performance.

This class will introduce the Alexander Technique and demonstrate how the efficient use of the body has an effect on musical performance.

Alexander Technique:

The Alexander Technique teaches you how to change habits of poor body use, reduce tension and effort, and improve posture, coordination, and breathing by thinking differently. This class will focus on sitting at the piano naturally and comfortably.

Phyllis Richmond, MA, M.STAT, M.AmSAT, Certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, teaches in Evanston, IL, and also in North Texas in the College of Music at the University of North Texas in Denton and she offers private lessons in Dallas and Arlington. In the summer, she teaches short intensive workshops at UNT and at Tarrant County College. Ms. Richmond has taught the Alexander Technique for many universities, including University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Arlington, Rice, Baylor, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas Woman’s University. She has taught for the Keyboard Wellness Seminar for several years, as well as for the American Harp Society, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Texas Cello Academy, and other programs. Ms. Richmond teaches abroad, most recently in Italy and in Taiwan. She is a member of both the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and the British Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT). She is the Editor of AmSAT Journal, the journal of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. In 2012, she received AmSAT’s Distinguished Service Award, the Society’s highest award.



Bradley Welch
TITLE: Keyboard Wellnessss atat the Organ
July 23

Dr. Welch will discuss applying Keyboard Wellness techniques to the organ. Often organists are asked to play piano scores on the organ. Dr. Welch will show how to make these pieces musically successful, with technical ease. Afterwards there will be a hands on workshop for participants at the organ.



Heidi Williams
TITLE: Practical Reiki
July 24

The word reiki comes from 2 Japanese Kanji that translate into “guided life force energy.” Practical Reiki is a healing modality that calls energy into the body and allows the body to heal itself. It differs from Usui Reiki in that there are no hand positions or symbols used. A Practical Reiki Master is not a healer but rather a bystander, calling in the energy and observing how the body is using it for healing. You are invited to experience the wonder that is Practical Reiki - all that is asked is that you provide honest feedback about your experiences after the session. Contact Heidi Williams to arrange an appointment.


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