Total Self-Care for Music Education Professionals

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In this series of three 2-hour workshops, music educators at all levels can explore self-care to implement in their lives–and their classrooms.

As a group, we will meditate, play, sing, and reflect on our work as education professionals, sharing ideas in an open, supportive workshop community. You will gain new skills in meditation, mindfulness, creative movement, yoga and improvisation games. You’ll learn vocal health techniques and helpful strategies you can use throughout  your personal and professional lives.

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Who can benefit:

  • Music Educators of all ages
  • Students studying music education.
  • Educators interested in arts-based self-care


There are no prerequisites for this class. However, participants should be comfortable in a a participatory workshop setting. All movement techniques can be adjusted for all levels of comfort. 


Erin Heisel

Erin Heisel has been involved in movement and physical theatre since 2001, when she first began to perform physical theater as an extension of her work as a classical singer. Since then, she has studied movement as a form of both artistic and spiritual expression, including completing a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the American Yoga Academy, Skinner Releasing Technique methods at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Union Theological Seminary, movement improvisation with the Northampton Theatre Workshop, and physical theatre studies with Nan Smithner at New York University. She holds additional certifications in Laughter Facilitation, and Corporate Yoga. Erin been incorporating mindfulness practices in her work as a singer and voice teacher for over a decade and has studied compassion-based practices and meditation at the The Path/The Nalanda Institute in New York City. She leads workshops in vocal and movement improvisation, kinesthetic awareness, and ensemble-building for musicians and teaches voice lessons to aspiring and professional singers, professional public speakers, and anyone else interested in exploring their voice or mind/body connections through the voice. Her research explores applications of play theory to music and spirituality and she continues to perform a wide variety of music in the U.S. and abroad. In Summer 2018, she was the yoga and mediation teacher for the International Network on Personal Meaning Biannual Conference in Vancouver and in 2019, she was the meditation teacher for the Change Agents program at the Brooklyn Public Library. Erin holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Butler University, a Master’s in voice from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in Music Performance (Voice) from New York University with research in Johan Huizinga’s theory of play and the work of professional musicians. She has completed additional graduate work in psychology and the arts at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University. She has taught at New York University, The University of Massachusetts, Bay Path College, and she currently teaches at Adelphi University in the Music Department.

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Levermore Hall, 303
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