1st Period

Feldenkrais for Musicians

15.07.2019 - 27.07.2019

Simone Irmer

Languages: German, English

Mag. Simone Irmer is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and was trained by Mia Segal, the first student and longest serving assistant of Moshé Feldenkrais.

Simone Irmer has gathered experience over many years in the field of Feldenkrais, and through her specialisation in working with musicians she is able to offer extremely precise and qualified support for instrumentalists and singers.

She has been interested in the connection between music, posture and movement ever since her degree in music and dance pedagogy. Her first contact with the Feldenkrais Method was in 1995, when she attended a workshop by a visiting professor, and she has devoted herself to the method ever since. Her own musical practice, as well as experience gained through leading classes at international professional development seminars for music teachers, in courses, workshops and one-to-one sessions for instrumentalists and singers, have given her a profound understanding of the challenges presented by technique, performance, interpretation and authenticity, which has enabled her to develop special concepts for instrumentalists and singers. She works with musicians both in one-to-one and in group settings as well as with orchestras, ensembles and choirs.

Alongside her many other professional commitments, she has been in demand as a guest lecturer and teacher of Feldenkrais at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg since 2006, and has worked with participants and judges of the International Mozart Competition Salzburg since 2014.


The Feldenkrais Method for Musicians

- Functional body work in relation to instrument and voice
- Easier and unencumbered stance, posture and movement through the release of postural problems and inappropriate tensions
- Improvement in the musical quality through a differentiated awareness for the body

The aim of the Feldenkrais Method is to become aware of our movement and postural patterns in such a way that we can learn to recognise and release ourselves from inhibitive habits and replace them with easier and more appropriate ones. Group lessons focus on questions of posture and movement in connection with each participant’s instrument or voice. The anatomical and physiological contexts that are necessary for a healthy posture and the appropriate usage of the skeleton and muscles are explained, before participants are guided through exercises that allow them to experiment with, experience physically and put into practice what they have heard. Learning to use the body more precisely, consciously and with ease of movement can improve fingering, technique, intonation, breathing and voice control; it also combats postural problems and pain, allows more relaxed and freer music making and builds on the individual’s strengths. Concrete work with instrument and voice is also built into the lessons. As an experienced Feldenkrais specialist, Simone Irmer helps clients to develop an awareness for their own posture and to refine and improve the way in which they deploy movement, with long term results. The Feldenkrais Method is named after the physicist, engineer and judo master Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais. He developed this method through decades of research in the fields of anatomy, physiology, neurology, developmental psychology, physics and cybernetics.