Somatic Education for Musicians Masterclass

Join CMC Faculty Sonja Riket for a free participatory masterclass. Discover Somatic Education for musicians at CMC and learn tools for injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement for instrumentalists and vocalists of all types and levels.

Our body is our instrument. How we use it influences the quality of our movements and the sounds we make with our voices and instruments.

In this class, you will learn tools to free yourself from tension, pain and injury. By improving your posture, breathing, tone and coordination you will enhance your ease and confidence in technical proficiency and help you find a dynamic expression and creativity in performing, composing and improvising. These tools are based on embodied anatomy and physiology, movement skills and guided attention to ensure the quality and longevity of your musical life.

“Somatic Education for Musicians” is a unique course of study in the Bay Area, based on the integration of two somatic modalities: the Feldenkrais® Method and Body-Mind Centering®, the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

Open to: all instrumentalists and vocalists. Participants are invited to ask questions about challenges in their technique and expression. Please bring your instrument for hands-on advice (piano is available in room).

To participate: Select the participant ticket option if you would like to join the masterclass and receive feedback. Audience/Observers are also welcome to join. Please note that space is limited and advanced registration is highly recommended.

Sonja Riket is an award-winning  Master Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator® and a Certified Feldenkrais® and Body-Mind Centering® Teacher. Her passion for dance and music began at age four and blossomed into a professional dance career spanning 30 years and four continents, where she performed with some of the most prominent modern dance companies in Europe and New York City.

For three decades she has been teaching somatic methods for dancers, musicians and general public of all ages and abilities. She has a private practice and is a guest lecturer at SF State University.

Since 2008 she teaches Somatic Education for Musicians in group and private lessons at SFCMC. 

When Argentine Tango found her in 1998, she created somatically inspired Tango dance to connect people with themselves and each other. From 2005-2016, she facilitated “Tango Revolution” social events with dance and live music at Café Revolution and Café Trieste in SF and Café Mediterraneum in Berkeley, culminating in 2011 with a performance at the SF Davies Symphony Hall’s lobby.

In 2016 she inaugurated the monthly CMC Mission Milongas: Argentine Tango social dance gatherings with local and international Tango musicians and dancers. She is thrilled to have presented the “Tango Corner” at the 2018 Flower Pianos Festival in the SF Botanical Garden of Golden Gate Park!

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Date / Time

April 7, 2024
11:00 am
 – 12:30 pm
Cost: Free

Type of Event



CMC Mission District Branch
544 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA 94110