MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2016 Activities by Sponsor - Music and Theater Arts

IAP - Movement, Concentration and Meditation Techniques for Performers

Jean Rife, Lecturer in Music and Theatre Arts Department; musician, cha

Jan/19 Tue 12:30PM-04:30PM 50-201
Jan/20 Wed 12:30PM-04:30PM 50-201
Jan/21 Thu 12:30PM-04:30PM 50-201

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 12/31
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Repeating event, particpants welcome at any session

Movement, Concentration and Meditation Techniques for Performers

Wear comfortable clothing such as shorts or tights and T-shirts

Performers—whether in theatre, music, or sports—need mental, physical, and emotional strength and flexibility. With this short introduction, you will learn new physical and mental techniques to give you such strength and flexibility. Those who embrace these practices report more effective and efficient practice and more calm and enjoyable performance in their chosen art form.

Each day will include meditation, movement, play, discussion, and will end with a deep relaxation.  Since each day builds on the previous, it is highly recommended that you plan to come to all three.  Limited to 12 participants.

Day One:  Tuesday

Build a strong base

Meditation for concentration and staying power.

Building power in the legs, pelvis, and abdomen, with safety and awareness.


Day Two:  Wednesday

Accuracy, speed, and upper body comfort

Metta (lovingkindness) meditation and self-compassion; its importance for performance.

Best practices for your inner critic.

Releasing the upper body while building strength:  the shoulder girdle, arms, hands, neck, and facial muscles.


Day Three:  Thursday

Put it into practice

Review of days one and two, with class practice.

More refined mental techniques, fields of awareness.

Practical applications for your art form.  We will play, sing, recite, speak, and move in class.  Bring music, texts, instruments, and equipment.


Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts
Contact: Jean Rife, 617 253-4964,