But the most important one is that every teacher should have been curious about what I experienced when I played.
Every teacher should have been asking me questions: about how I used my body to play loud or soft, fast or slow; whether I was comfortable; or how I felt about a certain piece. I could have been able to discover ways of playing that promoted ease and reduced tension, instead of looking at my flute and crying because it hurt so much to play.
I don’t want anybody to have to suffer as I did.
That’s why I’m so passionate about empowering teachers to help their students.
Music Minus Pain supports all musicians in finding their authentic voice. By integrating the thoughts, emotions, and experiences of our lives and musical training, we can unleash full creative expression for a lifetime of playing with joy and ease.
Music Minus Pain is the brainchild of Dr. Lea Pearson. After playing in pain for 30 years, she committed to creating new avenues for learning so no one would have to experience that same terrible disruption in their career.
With workshops, master classes, college residencies, books, articles, videos, online courses, lessons, and the flagship Transformational Teacher Training Program, Music Minus Pain focuses on one thing: helping every musician to express themselves fully.
By training teachers in Body Mapping strategies, coaching tools, movement, and psychological/neurological approaches, Music Minus Pain helps musicians move from a place of limitation into one that fosters their love of music.
Teachers learn to focus on the student’s experience and the way they use their body, empowering students to translate what they’re learning into their artistic vision.