January 30, 2019
Since earning teaching certification from our MBWP Institute this summer, our first cohort of teachers have been actively promoting mindfulness-based approaches at their institutions and beyond. Lisa Martin, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Bowling Green State University, will be presenting on teacher stress at the National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference, and has a new article on contemplative pedagogy in Triad, the journal of the Ohio State Music Education Association. She has also started a “wellness week” at BGSU that includes gratitude practice, meditation, and mindful stretching. Holly Brown, an elementary instrumental music teacher in Connecticut, will be presenting on the MBWP approach at the upcoming conference of the Connecticut Music Education Association, and for music educators at Bradley University. Finally, Truman University trumpet professor, Eric Dickson, presented on MBWP on three separate occasions last semester; for a health science course, during International Students Week, and to faculty and staff as part of Truman’s Academic Professional Development Center luncheon series. Eric will also be presenting on mindfulness for performers at the Ball State University Trumpet festival in February. The Institute is proud of our recent teaching graduates and look forward to keeping up with all of their ongoing work.
January 12, 2019
MBWP Founder and Director, Frank Diaz, was a recent guest on WFIU’s show Profiles (Indiana NPR). He spoke about teaching mindfulness to musicians, and about recent research emerging on meditation emerging from Indiana University’s Music and Mind Lab.
The initial stages of MBWP are focused on developing physiological regulation and embodied grounding as a means of aiding meditative practice and artistic expression. Working with our breath and bodies helps to calm our nervous system, facilitating our ability to anchor our awareness in the present moment.
During the middle stages of the curriculum, concentration and awareness are cultivated through mindful and deliberate exploration of our senses, emotions, and patterns of thought, leading to greater clarity, stability, and equanimity.
As we non-judgmentally examine our habitual ways of feeling, thinking, and acting, we gain insight into how our perceptions color reality, giving us the opportunity to let go of unfruitful ways of experiencing and responding to ourselves and others. We then work on reframing our experiences such that they are aligned with our personal values.
During the final stages of MBWP training, after reducing our reactivity through mindful awareness, we develop the capacity to act intentionally in the world, using our experiences, aspirations, values, and ethics as a compass for wise and compassionate action.