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Discover YOUR Music; A Music Improvisation Retreat

June 15–20, 2008
Discover YOUR Music
A Music Improvisation Retreat
A Music for People Event Hosted by Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY

$395 Tuition

Register through Omega Institute, http://www.eomega.org, 877-944-2002

With the entire Music for People (MfP) faculty, we immerse ourself in the muse of music and learn to become our own troubadour and sing our own personal song.

Open to amateurs and professionals alike, this retreat allows us to explore our natural communication skills to become a better musician, poet, writer, speaker, or artist. We lose our inhibitions, break down barriers, and go deeper into musical pathways and our life’s journey.

A variety of sessions are offered that invite us to reach deep inside to discover our own expression and reach out to those around us to create in a collaborative community. We explore improvisation and musicianship skills, solo and group singing, drumming, performance skills, solutions for stage fright, leadership skills, skills for educators and therapists, small-group jamming, recording, biofeedback, and silence as a presence and contribution. We also use our music making time together to observe and give positive feedback to each other.



David Darling. David Darling is a Grammy nominated Composer/Cellist and Co-Founder /Artistic Director of Music For People, Inc. He has been serving people of all ages for decades as an internationally acclaimed recording artist, concert artist and music educator. His playful and unconventional teaching methods have helped open the world of music and improvisation to thousands of individuals. His workshops create a deepening of ones personal relationship with music as a life long journey and spiritual practice. David Darling's 2001 CD release "CELLO BLUE" earned him a 2002 GRAMMY NOMINATION and the AFIM INDIE AWARD (Association for Independent Music). David was honored later the same year as recipient of the "ARTS ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD" presented by the Connecticut Music Educators Association for his excellent work in music education and improvisation. In 2007, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism awarded David a grant from the Artist Fellowship Grant Program in support of the creation of new work in music composition. David Darling's music is heard throughout the world and has been a favorite of many filmmakers. In recent years his CD with the Aboriginal Singers of the Bunun Tribe, "Mundannin Kata" was one of the top selling CD's in ethnic music on Amazon.com. His music was also chosen to be an integral part of celebrated photographer Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow Exhibitions in New York City, San Diego and Venice, Italy.

Mary Knysh has worked with MfP for 15 years as a facilitator, professional development specialist, and trainer. Her book BoomDoPA serves as a guidebook for facilitating music improvisation activities with groups of any age and experience. rhythmicconnections.com

Julie Weber, composer, educator, performance artist, and photographer, is the current chairperson of MfP's improvisation and leadership training program.

Lynn Miller, music therapist, vocalist, guitarist, dancer, and visual artist, is coordinator for MfP’s musicianship program, facilitator for the vocal track, and on staff of the MfP international program in Switzerland. 

Eric Miller, PhD, is a psychotherapist, consultant, author, certified biofeedback therapist, and board-certified music therapist. He has served as MfP’s executive director since 1997.

Jim Oshinsky, PhD, psychologist, poet, songwriter, and guitarist, compiled and authored Return to Child, MfP's guide to improvisation and group leading.



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