Growing up with an anxiety disorder kept Adam out of music until nearly the end of high school when, in his senior year, he joined chorus, and suddenly felt the powerful sense of joy, belonging and purpose he'd been missing. 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. After five years at Oberlin, he headed south, took a job as a ballet accompanist, and started a jazz trio.
His musical life should have been great but he was anxious all the time, and his frozen body collided with his newfound playing responsibilities. Adam's hands began to hurt so badly that he could no longer play. Then, by a stroke of luck, he met a Feldenkrais practitioner.
The Feldenkrais Method was like nothing he'd ever seen before. For the first time, 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. Incorporating the Method into his life as a musician 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. It gave him a path through his anxiety, and it suggested ways for him to teach others to do the same. 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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