undefinedPlaying with Ease

Do you play to your satisfaction only in the privacy of your room? Do you freeze, mentally or physically, when playing to others? This workshop tackles the roots and symptoms of performance anxiety.


Fee: £84 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 21/FK1

What is the course about?

Many people experience some level of performance anxiety which may affect their enjoyment in playing and limit their participation in music making. This workshop will address our habits of self judgment and negative inner voices.

We will explore strategies which can help us to move beyond the symptoms of performance anxiety to a mindset of playfulness and spontaneity.

The Feldenkrais® Method uses movement to shift habits, to refresh our self-image and to discover our full potential. Experienced performer, teacher, and Guild certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Josephine Horder (cello) is dedicated to improving all aspects of music making and performance.

Tutor websites: www.feldenkrais-westherts.co.uk and www.feldenkrais-essex.com

What will we cover?

Slow and gentle movement explorations will provide the creative space to examine your habits of self-judgement and to become fully present in your experience.

When you tune into your breathing you can create a small window of time to respond constructively rather than react habitually. 

The sensed experience of your bony ‘scaffolding’ can provide you with optimal postural support, enabling ease and comfort as you play. 

A profound sense of grounding can further support efficiency and reliability in your playing, building self confidence.

You will have opportunities to play a short passage before and after experiencing the gentle movement explorations which are the hallmark of the Feldenkrais® Method. The tutor will provide constructive feedback and there will be time to share your observations, thoughts and experiences with the group in a context of collaboration and support.

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

By the end of the workshop you will have a clearer understanding of the roots and triggers of your performance anxiety. You will leave with strategies to help you manage the symptoms of anxiety so that you can play to your strengths with spontaneity and pleasure.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No preparation or special skills required.


How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The topic is explored through Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons. These are delivered to the whole group verbally by the teacher and consist of gentle and mindful movement explorations. These lessons may be in standing, sitting or lying down on floor mats.

Prior to the workshop participants will be sent a short questionnaire which is intended to help the tutors tailor the course to individual needs. Participants are encouraged to bring their instruments and prepare a short passage which will serve as a before -and -after reference and form the basis for peer and tutor feedback. If permission has been given, and if appropriate, the tutors will occasionally give feedback via touch.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?


Is there anything I need to bring?


Loose unrestricted clothing

Mat or thick blanket for lying on the floor

Firm pad, block or book for head support when lying, if needed.

What previous participants said about this course…

“I feel I’m going home with lots of tools and ideas which will gradually filter through into my playing.”

“Definite changes in mobility and posture at the keyboard.”

“Most helpful were the movement routines and ideas of linkages – pelvis, spine, head and shoulders, with better understanding of the skeleton, Clint (plastic skeleton) was a helpful participant.”

“I feel I know much more about the skeleton now – it’s really clarified for me.”