Move and Breathe: Elevating Performance, Musical Practice, and Overall Well-Being

Move and Breathe

Move and Breathe: Elevating Performance, Musical Practice, and Overall Well-Being

In the world of music, the quest for mastery is a never-ending journey. Whether you’re a professional instrumentalist facing the pressures of performance, an amateur looking to feel more grounded, or a vocalist navigating the challenges of choirs and musical theater, finding balance is key. That’s where “Move and Breathe” comes in.

The Essence of “Move and Breathe”

Dr. Jimmy Brennan, creator and instructor of Move and Breathe
Dr. Jimmy Brennan, creator and instructor of “Move and Breathe”

Designed by Jimmy Brennan, an accomplished musician, educator, Ph.D., and certified yoga and martial arts practitioner, “Move and Breathe” combines traditional techniques with holistic wellness practices. Dive into the heart and soul of this transformative course by watching Jimmy’s introduction video below.


Why “Move and Breathe”?

Instrumentalists, vocalists, and performers from other disciplines often encounter similar hurdles: performance anxiety, physical strain, and the elusive search for authentic expression. “Move and Breathe” addresses these challenges head-on by integrating yoga, qigong, tai chi, kung fu, meditation, and journaling into the musical learning process. This unique blend aims to enhance technique and foster a deeper connection with one’s musicality and well-being.

Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety

Performance anxiety can be a significant barrier for many musicians. Through mindful practices and breathwork, “Move and Breathe” equips performers with tools to manage anxiety, enabling them to perform with confidence and presence. By focusing on the connection between mind and body, the course offers pathways not just to cope with anxiety but to transcend it, unlocking new levels of performance excellence.

For Amateurs: Enhancing Musical Expression

Amateur musicians, whether they’re orchestral players or vocalists in choirs and musical theater, will discover new dimensions in their practice. “Move and Breathe” encourages participants to explore beyond technical skills, delving into the emotional and expressive aspects of music. This holistic perspective can significantly enrich one’s ability to convey emotion and connect with audiences, making every performance more impactful.

A Community of Diverse Performers

Although it is brought to you by the Cello Guild, “Move and Breathe” is not just for cellists. Because the focus is on you, meeting you where you are, it is suitable for different levels and varying performing disciplines.

Here you’ll find a community where musicians and other performers of all levels come together to learn and grow. Whether you’re a soloist wanting to make your next breakthrough, a vocalist looking to improve your stage presence, or an amateur orchestral player seeking to deepen your musical intuition, this course offers valuable insights and experiences that transcend traditional boundaries.

The Start of a Journey

Your Journey Starts Here

With “Move and Breathe,” you’re not just signing up for a course; you’re embarking on a journey toward holistic musicianship and performance. As Jimmy Brennan guides you through this exploration of the mind-body connection, you’ll find yourself achieving a profound sense of well-being and artistic expression.

Ready to transform your musical practice and overall well-being? Join us and discover the boundless possibilities that await.

Register now for “Move and Breathe”!

Don’t miss this opportunity to redefine your musical journey with the expert guidance of Jimmy Brennan. Spaces are limited – secure your spot today!

Dr. Brenda Neece

Cello Museum curator Dr. Brenda Neece, DPhil (Oxon.), is a cellist and a researcher specializing in the history of the cello. Before starting the Cello Museum in the autumn of 2019, she worked as a freelancer and served for just over a decade as the first curator of the musical instrument collections at Duke University. In addition to playing the cello, doing cello research, and writing about cellos, she enjoys experimenting with variant cellos. In addition to her modern instrument, she also plays a 5-string baroque cello, a small 5-string cello, and sometimes travels with her folding prakticello. She studied cello with Fred Raimi at Duke while she did her undergraduate work at UNC-CH. As part of her interdisciplinary major in music history, art history, and archaeology, she wrote an undergraduate honors thesis under the supervision of Prof. Jon Finson, on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century evolution of the cello. She earned a master’s in cello performance at Auburn University, studying with Martha Gerschefski, and then went on for her musicology doctorate at the University of Oxford (Somerville College) where she was mentored by Prof. Jeremy Montagu and Prof. Hélène La Rue. While in England, she continued her cello studies with William Pleeth. Dr. Neece lives in Durham, NC, with her husband and cats. When not playing or writing about the cello, she enjoys reading, photography, and martial arts.