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Yoga in the Music Studio

Lesley S. McAllister


The ancient practice of yoga, which has exploded in popularity in the United States over the past two decades, has the potential to help music students learn to practice more mindfully and reach peak performance more quickly. This book explores how professional musicians and music teachers of all instruments and levels can use yoga postures (asana) and breath work (pranayama) to enhance artistry. It begins with an overview of yoga philosophy and history before delving into principles of movement, alignment, anatomy, and breath. Following a research-oriented chapter illustrating the cognitive, ... More

Keywords: yoga, music instruction, meditation, pranayama, early childhood music, Recreational Music Making, adolescents, children, professional musicians, seniors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190915001
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190915001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lesley S. McAllister, author
Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy, Baylor University