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.