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Presented By: School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Carrigan Lecture in Music Education: Frank Michael Diaz, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

“Dancing with your Mind: The Promises and Perils of Mindfulness for Musicians”

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Frank Michael Diaz
Mindfulness is the process of bringing a present-centered, intentional, and non-judgmental state of awareness to everyday experience. Emerging research suggests that practicing mindfulness may result in a number of beneficial outcomes for musicians, including improved focus, psychological resilience, and pro-social feelings and behaviors. But what do we truly know about mindfulness and its potential to transform our life and work? How can we separate the hype from the reality, and how might mindfulness fit into our already busy lives? In this talk, Diaz will discuss the promises and perils of mindfulness from his perspective as teacher, scholar, and practitioner of this ancient practice.

Diaz is associate professor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and an active scholar and teacher in the field of contemplative science. He is also affiliate faculty for IU’s Cognitive Science program and co-director of the Music and Mind Lab at Indiana. Diaz is the founder and director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Wellness and Pedagogy, where he collaborates with an international group of artists, educators, and scholars on disseminating research and best practices on the art of mindful living, teaching, and performance. Along with his work on mindfulness, Diaz maintains an active schedule as a performer, conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. His work on mindfulness has been published in top-tier music education and music psychology journals, and has been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, and other local and national media outlets.
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Frank Michael Diaz


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