Internationally recognized movement experts Kendall Feeney and William Conable direct the Northwest Center for Natural Movement at Eastern Washington University's Music Department. Kendall Feeney is a leading exponent of the Taubman Approach to piano playing and William Conable is a world-renowned teacher of the Alexander Technique.
The Taubman approach promotes freedom at the piano through the application of movement principles that correspond to the way the body works most naturally. The Alexander Technique is a practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. Pianists interested in studying the Taubman approach and singers and instrumentalists generally interested in ease of movement at their instrument will find the EWU Music Department an ideal place to pursue the study of the Taubman approach and the Alexander Technique.
Kendall Feeney, piano faculty member of the EWU music department, is a leading pedagogue of the Taubman approach to piano playing and is well known for her work with injured musicians. She studied with both Dorothy Taubman and Edna Golandsky from 1985-1992 and currently coaches with Edna Golandsky. She is a faculty member of the Golandsky Institute held each summer at Princeton University. In addition to her University teaching, Ms. Feeney maintains private studios in Seattle and Spokane and is a sought after adjudicator, and lecturer.
She regularly presents Taubman-centered master classes at Universities throughout the Northwest. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia and is a member of the Aetos Ensemble in residence at EWU. Feeney graduated from the University of Southern California where she was a student of John Perry and James Bonn.
Kendall was awarded the 1997 Individual Artist of the Y ear by the Spokane Arts Commission and is included in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Women.
William Conable enjoys worldwide renown as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a method for improving freedom and ease of movement and physical coordination, which is of special interest to musicians and other performing artists. He studied ftrst with Marjorie L. Barstow, the ftrst graduate of F. M. Alexander's first teacher training course, beginning in the summer of 1962. During graduate school he studied with Frank Pierce Jones, who undertook the first scientific research into Alexander's discoveries at Tufts University. In 1965 Professor Conable also studied at Walter Carrington's Alexander teacher training school in London. Beginning in 1971, he continued his study with Marjorie Barstow, which continued steadily for the next fifteen years. He is her senior teaching student.
In the mid-1970s, he began developing the concept of Body-mapping, which is widely recognized as a major contribution to the theory and pedagogy of the Alexander Technique. Body mapping is at the core of two books, How to Learn the Alexander Technique, which he co-authored with Barbara Conable, and What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body, which was written by Barbara Conable with Benjamin Conable and DeSanto.
William Conable offers classes at the music department at Eastern Washington University and private instruction in the Alexander Technique in the Spokane area. He also directs annual workshops in Spokane and Columbus, Ohio sponsored by Alexander Workshops, LLC, and in workshops sponsored by organizations all over the world.
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