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Alexander Technique Workshops

May 1, 2016 – Crescendo Academy of Music will be hosting a workshop in Alexander Technique on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21 at our Epic Center Studios. Amanda Blair MacDonald, AmSat certified Alexander Technique Teacher, will be facilitating this workshop.

What is the Alexander Technique?

The Alexander Technique is an educational awareness technique that helps you become conscious of habitual pressure and tension that get in the way of your optimal functioning. Through gentle movement guided by your teacher you become aware of these habits enough to gain conscious control over them.  You learn to make choices during your day that help you sit and move more easily, breathe more freely, and feel less anxious and stressed.  As you gain mastery over your habits you can apply the technique to everything you do.

We are offering a special rate of $25 for the introductory workshop and $30 for the small group workshop to area musicians. Space is limited, so register early. Please contact the office at 269-345-6664 to register.

The preliminary schedule is below. You must attend a one of the introductory workshops in order to attend a small group workshop. Private sessions are also available; and need to be scheduled directly with Amanda.

Friday, May 20
10:00-11:00 am – Large group introductory workshop for instructors/professional musicians
12:00-1:30 pm – Small group for string players
2:00-3:30 pm – Small group for wind instruments
4:00-5:30 pm – Small group for vocalists

Saturday, May 21
10:00-11:00 am Large group introductory workshop for students/teens/community members
12:00-1:30 pm – Small group for string players
2:00-3:30 pm – Small group for wind instruments and vocalists
4:00-5:30 pm – Small group

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Cynthia Cross

  • Masters in Music, Music Therapy, Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy, Western Michigan University

Cynthia has been a school-based music therapist for the last 10 years, working with students ages 3-26 with cognitive, physical, and emotional impairments. Prior to working in the school setting she worked extensively in long-term care and psychiatric settings, currently in Allegan County.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and has worked as a music therapist for 20+ years. She has mentored music therapy interns and currently supervises undergraduate music therapy students at Western Michigan University. She received her master’s degree in music therapy in December 2014.

Cynthia lives in Vicksburg with my husband Todd and youngest son Alex. Her oldest son is in his first year of film school. Cynthia loves that she has a job where she gets to sing and make music every day. Someone recently asked if she ever get tired of singing to which she responded with a resounding “no, of course not!”

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Cori Somers

  • Master of Music in Violin Performance from Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University

After completing her Masters degree in 2002, Cori has traveled and moved to the Upper Peninsula, to Vancouver British Columbia, Kingston Ontario, and back again. Having held teaching positions, concert master positions and various positions in orchestras, she decided to return Kalamazoo in the fall of 2008 to be closer to family.

She now lives in Kalamazoo with her husband Bill Caskey and two children Rachael and Deven. From the Summer of 2009 to the Spring of 2012 Cori developed and implemented a new K-8 music program and curriculum at the Kazoo school. She is the Director of Educational Partnerships for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Cori is currently a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, violinist and vocalist for The Red Sea Pedestrians, and a free lance musician.

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2010-2011 Annual Report Now Available

December 19, 2011 The 2010-2011 Crescendo Annual Report is now available online! Go here to view it.

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Summer Music Together Classes

Summer Music Together classes begin the week of July 1st! Scheduled classes are Thursday at 5 and 6 pm and Friday at 9:30 am at Crescendo Academy of Music. (Due to construction, there will be no summer classes held at Excel Dance Centre.)

Call/email now to register to attend a free demonstration class! More about Music Together can be found here.

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