Although he had taken piano lessons since he was six, Adam was never more than a casual music listener until nearly the end of high school when he joined chorus and suddenly felt a powerful sense of joy, belonging and purpose making music with other people. Too afraid to audition for the Oberlin Conservatory, he attended the college as an English major and underwent a stealth music education, taking classes in conducting, jazz piano, and musicology with the music students, all the while composing and listening like crazy. At the end of five years, he had written a few choral pieces, could sort of play the piano, and could sing.
After five years at Oberlin, he headed south, took a job as a ballet accompanist, and started a jazz trio. Within a year he was playing classes for the Atlanta Ballet, while leading his jazz trio all over the city. There was just one problem.
He was anxious, all the time, and his frozen body collided with his newfound playing responsibilities. Adam's hands began to hurt. For relief, he went to a Feldenkrais practitioner that he'd met at a ballet conference.
The Feldenkrais Method was like nothing he'd ever seen before. He felt relaxed and happy in his own skin. And when he discovered that a training was coming to the Atlanta area, he signed up to get certified. That was the beginning of his true life's work.
The Feldenkrais Method gave him a way of thinking about himself and about teaching that was different from what everyone else was doing. Best of all, it gave him a sense that someday he might overcome his anxiety. Adam was determined to incorporate principles of the Method into his writing and music instruction.
The road was long, and it took him through a twisted path. A return to college to get the missing degree in music, a Masters in Music Education, twelve years teaching public school, all of these things (done while raising his growing family) gave him more and more pieces of the puzzle. By the time he started the Grant Park Academy of the Arts, he was ready to share what he knew with others.
Adam has overcome his anxiety about playing piano in front of people (although he still gets nervous). He has written books about music and its relationships to other subjects like math, creative writing, and physical, mental and emotional well-being. He has spoken in places as far away as Israel about his use of the Feldenkrais Method to improve the lives of his students.
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