You Are Your Instrument:
The Definitive Musician’s Guide To Practice and Performance

Julie Lyonn Lieberman published her ground-breaking book, You Are Your Instrument, in 1991 after ten years of development and research. It is now in its fifth edition hard copy, and sixth edition, fully revised digital e-book version.

You Are Your Instrument in print

You Are Your Instrument e-book

Playing Healthy DVDs for string players and vocalists

• Playing Healthy Workshops

Playing Healthy videos on Youtube

• Playing Healthy Resource Books

 

YOU ARE YOUR INSTRUMENT in print

This unique guide is designed to help musicians open up new avenues of expression through a pain-free, healthy, fluid approach to music-making; overcome performance anxiety, general tension, and muscular injury; and increase learning skills while facilitating more effective motor coordination.

This is a highly recommended book to read for the musician who needs information about maximizing their full potential as an artist. It is practical in that it covers all aspects of musicianship, ranging from the mental preparation involved in performance to the actual physical preventative and healing care needed for repetitive stress injuries. Reviewers have stated, “Her six-level approach to memorization…is worth the price of the book.

 

YOU ARE YOUR INSTRUMENT on e-book

You Are Your Instrument on iTunes
You Are Your Instrument for Kindle Reader
You Are Your Instrument for iBook Reader
Look for You Are Your Instrument on Sony, Barnes&Noble, and Google books (coming soon)
You can download it onto your cellphone, desktop, or any other reader you have a device for!

You can also read You Are Your Instrument on your desktop: You don’t have to own a digital reader like an iBook or Kindle to take advantage of owning a digital copy of the book. You can download an Adobe Editions digital ebook reader for free, or a Kindle ereader (PC or Mac.) for free and use it on your computer and then order You Are Your Instrument through that reader or through the software that comes with an actual digital reader.

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Playing Healthy DVDs

 ErgonomicdvdVIOLIN AND VIOLA ERGONOMICS

Determine the optimum playing position and support for your body type. Create a comfortable, well-supported, dynamic dance with your instrument! World-renowned music educator Julie Lyonn Lieberman has created a valuable one-of-a-kind resource for violinists, violists, and string teachers. This unique DVD provides a comprehensive overview of the issues that determine instrument position and support.

Topics covered include:

• instrument position as determined by body-type as well as natural joint and muscle function;
• work with four planes for placement;
• individualize your chin- and shoulder-rest to work more efficiently for you;
• create supportive practice habits in a conducive environment;
• technical issues and their effect on instrument hold;
• postural issues and their effect on instrument hold;
• reprogramming muscular habits;
and more …

Lieberman presents a wealth of information to help performers, teachers, and students arrive at a set-up which takes into account their body type, corrects any harmful physical habits, and results in a relaxed, natural solution. This is accomplished by determining the optimum playing position for each individual within the four planes: vertical (shoulder/jaw/head), horizontal, angle (scroll height), and tilt. Equipment is then chosen to support that optimum position and fill in any gaps. Lieberman gives wonderful tips for doing “detective work” to determine where tension exists, what is causing it, then choosing exercises and, in some cases, different equipment to balance the playing position, support good posture, and eliminate tension. Great emphasis is placed on having a dynamic, not static, set-up that can be tweaked to adjust for minor changes (weight gain/loss, different clothing, etc.) and establishing a natural relationship between the hands, arms, shoulders, head, and the instrument. All the basic types of shoulder rests, chin rests, and additional accessories which can customize the fit are discussed, as well as how to utilize their particular features to adjust for specific anatomical situations. No single solution is advocated. The viewer is encouraged to investigate all possibilities in order to arrive at the best solution for their own or their students’ needs, and then to remain constantly alert to any changes that would necessitate an adjustment of the set-up to maintain pain-free, relaxed, agile performance.

– Review by American String Teachers Journal

Violin and Viola Ergonomics is the most comprehensive single resource I have seen on this topic. Along with The Violin in Motion, it opens the door to a world of possibilities for teachers and players of all levels, providing concepts and tools for individualized and evolving solutions. With the help of these DVDs, we can now realize the potential for a lifetime of freedom and ease with our instruments.

– Garrett Fischbach
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Mannes College of Music

Julie, I thought that your [Violin and Viola Ergonomics] workshop was so startlingly original, so large in its scope and informed in its detail that I was very taken. To put it another way, it seemed to me that you have put the pieces together in a way that no one else has, and sonofagun, THEY FIT!

– Dr. Phillip Coonce
Inventor, Don’t Fret

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VIMthumbnail_000THE VIOLIN IN MOTION

At last! You can benefit from a series of private lessons with premiere string educator Julie Lyonn Lieberman in the privacy of your own home. Using Julie Lyonn Lieberman’s clear, precise, comprehensive guidance, you will be able to design an effortless mental and physical approach to playing based on your individual body-type. Using valuable insights and exercises created to help you improve your mind-to-body interaction, Julie will show you how to build a fluid right- and left-hand technique based on a fundamental understanding of muscle, tendon, and joint action. Her ten-minute muscle balance exercise program is worth the price of the video!

Julie Lyonn Lieberman’s unique approach challenges the age-old “do as I do,” and offers string players a physiological basis
for building effortless, fluid technique based on individual body type. Julie offers dozens of key technical tips as well as a ten-minute exercise program.

Ms. Lieberman is a very, very gifted teacher. She is also an excellent researcher and scholar. Her approach to playing and teaching healthy is backed up by solid medical and kinesiological facts and further supported by a true world view of philosophy and healing.

– Janet Jensen, PHD, & Former Director, National String Workshop

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VocalAerobicsCoverVOCAL AEROBICS

World-renowned music educator, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, has created an instructional DVD for singers. Her practice system focuses on cognitive illumination and muscular facility. This system can help develop a vibrating palette that communicates spirit, emotion, and viewpoint—all riding effortlessly on the breath. It is supported by science yet connected to individuality. By first guiding the exercises in silence, her intent is to prevent the tension and misuse that often occur when the main impetus for the creation of musical sound is fueled by a brew of yearning and fear mixed with a fixation on the end product.

I am really grateful I came across your DVD, I call it the “missing link”. I have been singing for 15 years and have been looking for a DVD like yours since I begun to understand how the voice works. I would like to thank you for giving me the chance to delve into the knowledge of approaching the voice from a physical point of view. This DVD is a source of invaluable information for all singers; especially people who want to explore the true frontiers of the voice.

– Athanasios Karapanos

Dear Ms. Lieberman, I just finished working with your new DVD. I am very excited about it because I immediately noticed an improvement in my voice and find that I am singing with greater freedom.

– David C.

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Playing Healthy Workshops

Playing Healthy
String-centric, or all instruments, including voice
An in-depth survey of muscle and joint function in relationship to practice and performance. Warning signs, healing approaches, fluid brain-to-muscle techniques, seated and standing posture, muscle balance exercises, and breathing techniques are covered. Time is allotted for questions and individual coaching. This workshop can be presented to instrumentalists or focused on string players to fit your program’s needs. It can also be coupled with individualized sessions following the master class. There is a separate version of this workshop available for vocalists.

Based on Julie Lyonn Lieberman’s book, You Are Your Instrument, and her DVDs Vocal Aerobics, Violin and Viola Ergonomics, and The Violin in Motion

The Chemistry of Nervousness
All instruments, including voice
All performers undoubtedly experience physical and mental sensations before and during performance. Lieberman explains the chemistry behind these effects, and provides participants with tools they can use to protect themselves from the negative consequences and create a quality experience while making music.
Based on the book, You Are Your Instrument, and the DVDs Vocal Aerobics, Violin and Viola Ergonomics, and The Violin in Motion by Julie Lyonn Lieberman

Playing Fast and Loving It
All instruments
An off-shoot of the “Playing Healthy” workshop, Lieberman focuses on the mental and physical skills necessary to support effortless speed, fluidity, and agility on one’s instrument. She uses imagery balanced with science to help students develop a quality of experience while playing at any tempo.
Based on the book, You Are Your Instrument, and the DVDs Vocal Aerobics, Violin and Viola Ergonomics, and The Violin in Motion by Julie Lyonn Lieberman

Violin and Viola Ergonomics
For violinists and violists
Julie Lyonn Lieberman will provide a comprehensive overview of the issues that determine instrument position and support. She will hone in on specific concerns like differences in body-type; postural habits, re-educating muscle memory; joint and muscle function; personalizing the equipment. She will also discuss how violinists and violists can work with the four variables for placement: horizontal, vertical, tilt, and angle. Emphasis will be placed on creating a dynamic (rather than static), well-supported, pain-free dance with your instrument.

“Julie, I thought that your [Violin and Viola Ergonomics] workshop was so startlingly original, so large in its scope and informed in its detail that I was very taken. To put it another way, it seemed to me that you have put the pieces together in a way that no one else has, and sonofagun, THEY FIT!”

Dr. Phillip Coonce
Inventor, Don’t Fret