About Gail Schwarz
GAIL’S TEACHING METHOD
We can schedule appointment times that suit your timetable and mine. Learning tempo is up to you. I am willing to accommodate specific Repertoire requests. This applies to my Feldenkrais lessons as well: you bring me a question or and idea and we will work through it together. Feldenkrais said: “I’m more interested in movable minds than movable bodies.” It is easier to learn when you are open to ideas and inputs than if one fixates on a single (unachievable) goal. I always find the way more interesting than the destination. It is exciting to be able to go with one idea, achieve something new and still be able to revert to the previous way of doing something, if you want to. "If you know what you’re doing, you can do what you want.” Feldenkrais
I hold music performance degrees from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, a post-graduate instrumental teaching diploma (main subject: Recorder) from the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Music Physiology from the same institution. Recently I completed my Feldenkrais Practitioner training at the Feldenkrais Institut here in Vienna, Austria. I am currently studying to be a Sounder Sleep System trainer as well as completing the research in my Masters in Music Physiology.
Working in the teaching industry for nearly twenty years, in four different countries, I have seen a lot in terms of what students require of me. That isn’t to say that I don’t get surprised regularly, but I do feel comfortable as a teacher and performer and know how to do my job. If I ever feel out of my depth with a student, I know how to deal with this and have built a network of colleagues to whom I can refer my students, as necessary.
Learning a subject is never just about the content. It is about what aspects one can draw from this content, integrate it and apply this learning to one’s present and future. I like to know what my student’s dreams are, what they want to do, what they do outside of the music or Feldenkrais classes, so that I can have a picture of the whole person and understand what they need from my class.