The Yoga for All Musicians community has always connected through literature. Before YAM was even established, Amelia, Brianne, and Claire often shared their favorite books with each other. They spent hours talking about their application to life as musicians and yoga practitioners.
This, paired with our dedication to building a community of lifelong learners, has sprouted the idea of our book club!
You don't actually have to sign up anywhere to "join," but we invite you to read with us. We aim to choose books that directly relate to being musicians, but they won't be the books you see in school! We spend time during each community night discussing our book of the month.
Teaching Healthy Musicianship
The Music Educator's Guide to Injury Prevention and Wellness
by Nancy Taylor
Written by a professional musician who is also a certified occupational therapist, Teaching Healthy Musicianship first and foremost help music educators avoid common injuries that they themselves encounter, and in the process it also equips them with the tools they need to instill healthy musicianship practices in their students. Author Nancy Taylor combines her two unique skill sets to provide a model for injury prevention that is equally cognizant of the needs of music educators and their students. Through practical explanation of body mechanics, ergonomics, and the performance-related health problems and risk factors unique to musicianship, she gives music educators the tools they need to first practice healthy posture, body mechanics, environmental safety, and ergonomics, and then to introduce these same practices to their students.
RSVP for Community Night
August 28th, 7p CST
It's Our Music Too
The Black Experience in Classical Music
by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
"'The list of Africans, African-Americans and Afro-European composers, conductors, instrumental performers, and singers,” says Hutchinson, “is and always has been, rich, varied, and deep. Sadly, the recognition of this has almost always come in relation to the work of a major European or white American composer.” Hutchinson’s aim in It’s Our Music Too The Black Experience in Classical Music is not to update a book on blacks and classical music, or list the many notable individual breakthroughs of top flight black classical music performers and composers through the years.. Instead he tells the story of how blacks have actually influenced the development, history and structure of classical music in its major varied forms; opera, chamber pieces, symphonies, and concertos. It’s a story that’s filled with tragedy and triumph, heart break and heroism."
RSVP for Community Night
July 31, 7p CST