November 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Special guest Shirli Nikolsburg and Earl discuss and teach the skills to become more aware in the moment.  Musicians will learn techniques to decrease stress and anxiety, focus, and self-regulate as they increase their sense of calmness,

Students will be assigned to one workshop that will be 1 hour in length and will take place either on November 15, 16, or 17.

Shirli Nikolsburg introduces musicians to the experience of mindfulness practice into both their instrumental and performance practice. Shirli holds a Master of Science in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, a postgraduate certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and was trained in mindfulness and meditation at the Chopra Center in San Diego CA. with Dr. Deepak Chopra. Having received a Bachelor of Arts from Chatham University in Visual and Performing Arts and a Piano Performance Diploma from the Donya Weissman Conservatory of Haifa Israel. Shirli has extensive experience teaching music education and studio piano to students from K-12. She also studied modern dance with Merce Cunningham in New York City.


Shirli has been teaching masterclasses in Mindfulness for Musicians and the Performing Arts at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and the Preparatory School of Music, as well as the School of Drama. She will be presenting new masterclasses at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music and at the City Music Center at Duquesne University. Her recent article “Back to the Breath” was published on CelloBello* a website launched in 2010 by cellist Paul Katz in consultation with the Educational Media Foundation of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) affiliate WGBH Boston, and Rafael deStella of destella.creative.

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