Using Sensory Tune-ups
Musicians create sound by moving in relationship to their instruments, their environments and their intentions. The brain plans and executes movement by processing large amount of sensory information in small amounts of time. The senses that musicians rely on most are touch, sight, hearing, and kinesthesia, the sense which relays information about movement, position, effort and balance.  Most music training relies on ear-training, which may not be the same as hearing training; and hand-eye coordination, which may not be the same as vision training; and technical training, which may not be the same as movement training. Increasing sensory awareness allows musicians to make conscious choices about movement that directly impact the quality of performance.  Movement becomes easier, sound becomes more varied, sight becomes more flexible, and intentions become clearer. Adding conscious sensory training is now as easy as opening Sensory Tune-ups to any page and following the suggestions. Each idea is expressed simply in order to encourage creative responses and to allow performers of all ages to use the book. Each entry includes lots of free space for drawing, writing, scribbling, or doing nothing until the response is more clear. This journal was designed to be as general as possible to be useful to all musicians, not just pianists. Supplement any approach or add it to group performance classes.
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