Upcoming The Embodied Pianist with Elena Riu

  •  June 27, 2025 - June 29, 2025
     6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Jackdaws Tutor Elena Riu

Level: Advanced
Fee: £350

The Embodied Pianist

with Elena Riu

Would you like to acquire embodiment tools to better understand how to make both your practice and performance more effective?

We will look at how to economise effort and apply yoga and embodiment principles, breathing techniques to assuage PRS and focussing.

This course applies principles of yoga and mindfulness to piano playing and we will use Yoga Nidra daily to explore and allow you access to your creativity in more depth.

Expect to do some movement, please bring a mat or blanket, if you have one.

Explore how the role of the physical self relates to musical self as a pianist – including aspects such as energy, breathing and visualisation. Elena’s approach will aim to increase awareness of the role of mind, body and wellbeing as a way to improve performance skills. Elena will introduce various techniques to encourage participants to focus, release and tune in to their own self.

A £70 deposit is required to secure your place on this course. The balance of fees, including accommodation, is due 3 weeks before the course start date.

Details Price Qty
Attendee - Deposit £70.00 (GBP)  


Venue Phone: 01373 812383

Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY, United Kingdom


Course Information

Is this Course right for me?

The answer is probably yes as we welcome musicians of all abilities and backgrounds on our courses but if you would like to find out more before you book please do email or call our office manager Karolyn on 01373812383 / music@jackdaws.org and she will be able to offer further guidance.

Observer places may also be bookable subject to availability call/email the office for more information.

Please see our General Course Information pages for further details and schedule information.

Our Courses are for adult musicians (except where stated) and take place at Jackdaws in Great Elm, near Frome in Somerset. The Course Fee includes all tuition, meals and refreshments at Jackdaws. Courses take place in the main studio, with Steinway piano, and generally follow a masterclass format. There are several practice rooms here, too.


For Voice, Piano & Wind courses; participants are usually requested to prepare 2 – 3 pieces in advance. We will ask you to provide a repertoire list for the tutor (& accompanist) ahead of the course.

For Ensemble courses; direction will be given by the course leaders.


If you require B&B, we can arrange that for you; accommodation fees are payable in addition to the course fee.

Meals and Refreshments

Lunch, Supper and morning/afternoon refreshments will be prepared on site by our dedicated Cooks.  If you are vegetarian/vegan, or have a food allergy, you must let us know in advance, so that our cooks can plan the meals for the weekend accordingly. We are ‘allergy aware’, but we rely on participants letting us know if they have specific food allergies. Please also let us know if you carry any emergency medication.

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