Dr. Olivia Musat – Tai Chi for Musicians
Tai Chi is a mind-body practice that originated in ancient China and brings together traditional Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts. Often described as “meditation in motion,” the movements are inspired by the flow of nature. When practiced slowly with the breath, Tai Chi helps to cultivate “Qi” or vital, life force energy.
This session will give participants an introduction to the basic principles of Tai Chi. Olivia will begin with a brief presentation that highlights certain key concepts and benefits. She will share her story of how she began to study Tai Chi and how this art has become an integral part of her life as a professional musician.
The remainder of the class will be dedicated to practice. We will explore a series of gentle movements and breathing techniques that encourage the body to become soft and the mind to become calm. As an exercise system for both mind and body, Tai Chi is effective in reducing stress and releasing mental and physical tension, while at the same time nurturing inner strength and creativity.
Topic: Olivia Musat-Tai Chi for Musicians
Time: Apr 17, 2021 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 930 7376 1853
Olivia is a pianist, educator, and Tai Chi instructor. Her current research explores how Tai Chi can serve as an injury prevention and rehabilitation strategy for musicians. She has presented workshops at Orford Arts Centre, the University of Montreal, and the University of Michigan.
In addition to her work in Tai Chi and its benefits for the performing artist, Olivia also teaches Tai Chi in a research program at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. She works primarily with older adults who have limited mobility, and individuals with depression and anxiety.
Passionate about community outreach, Olivia is the founder of Beyond the Concert Stage, a concert series that encourages pianists to present innovative programming of classical piano music in a non-traditional space. As part of the series recent community engagement initiative, Beyond the Concert Stage organized a benefit concert to support at-risk and homeless youth in Montreal.
Olivia holds a BM in Piano Performance and French Language from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduate degrees (MM and DMA) from the University of Montreal. She currently teaches piano at College Stanislas in Montreal, Quebec and is a certified Tai Chi instructor.