Practicing in Flow is the first workshop in a three-part peak performance series led by performance psychologist Andreas Burzik and co-sponsored by A Far Cry.
Every musician knows that blissful experience of being totally lost to the world while feeling absorbed, highly engaged and yet effortlessly free with his or her instrument. All steps of the activity run seamlessly into another, all sensation of time goes. There is no room for day-to-day worries; everything is replaced by a deep feeling of well-being and harmony.
Practicing in flow is a concrete application of flow research in the domain of musical practice. Burzik will lead an interactive workshop that introduces students to this method and how it can be applied to daily practice to achieve a state of heightened creativity and enhanced learning ability.
About Andreas Burzik
Classically trained violinist, with advanced degrees in Psychology and Psychotherapy, Andreas Burzik is at the forefront of a breakthrough in performance psychology. Motivated by the often rigid and frustrating practice methods of many of today's music students, he developed a method towards practicing strongly influenced by the works of "Flow" psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and his own research. Burzik's "Practicing in Flow" has helped scores of students, as well as professionals, conductors, teachers and ensembles. In addition to his practice in Bremen, Germany, his is also the psychological coach for the students of the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and well as an active lecturer and workshop leader. His visit to Boston, sponsored jointly by NEC and A Far Cry, will be his professional debut in the U.S.
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