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Julie Lyonn Liebermann

Julie Lyonn Liebermann has produced a range of highly acclaimed books and DVDs to assist performer's natural abilities and self expression to flourish by removing physical and psychological hindrances that commonly afflict musicians. Her book You Are Your Instrument is suitable for all musicians and covers key concepts such as eliminating anxiety and tension, improving memorisation, preventing and dealing with injury, and performance psychology. She has also produced DVDs dealing specifically with violin and viola technique, providing a fluid methodology designed to be adapted to the musician's unique style, and structural/technical modifications to be made to prevent injury as well as enable optimum performance.  

Taken from Julie's website:

Julie Lyonn Lieberman is a J.D’Addario Elite Clinician, an NS Design Performance Artist, and the Artistic Director for the summer program, Strings Without Boundaries: Summer Program for Contemporary Strings.  She is an eclectic styles violinist who specializes in improvisation and American vernacular and world styles as well as playing healthy techniques. Ms. Lieberman is the author of eight music books, and coauthor of American String Teachers Association’s book, ASTA String Curriculum Standards, Goals, Learning Sequences for Essential Skills and Knowledge in K-12. She has six DVDs, two National Public radio series and fifteen alternative styles string orchestra scores published by Kendor and Alfred.  

See what reviewers have written about her DVD, Violin and Viola Ergonomics: Determine the Optimum Playing Position and Support for Your Body Type

Review by American String Teachers Journal

Lieberman presents a wealth of information to help performers, teachers, and students arrive at a set-up which takes into account their body type, corrects any harmful physical habits, and results in a relaxed, natural solution. This is accomplished by determining the optimum playing position for each individual within the four planes: vertical (shoulder/jaw/head), horizontal, angle (scroll height), and tilt. Equipment is then chosen to support that optimum position and fill in any gaps. Lieberman gives wonderful tips for doing “detective work” to determine where tension exists, what is causing it, then choosing exercises and, in some cases, different equipment to balance the playing position, support good posture, and eliminate tension. Great emphasis is placed on having a dynamic, not static, set-up that can be tweaked to adjust for minor changes (weight gain/loss, different clothing, etc.) and establishing a natural relationship between the hands, arms, shoulders, head, and the instrument. All the basic types of shoulder rests, chin rests, and additional accessories which can customize the fit are discussed, as well as how to utilize their particular features to adjust for specific anatomical situations. No single solution is advocated. The viewer is encouraged to investigate all possibilities in order to arrive at the best solution for their own or their students’ needs, and then to remain constantly alert to any changes that would necessitate an adjustment of the set-up to maintain pain-free, relaxed, agile performance.

The Bookwatch

…both a practice and performance guide and a key to playing in a fluid, pain-free manner.

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