Have you struggled to use music in your classes?
Perhaps you’ve created playlists that didn’t quite work, and the combination of multi-tasking and dealing with technology in the moment was just flustering and overwhelming.
Or, maybe you were excited about a playlist you’d created but later found it had mysteriously disappeared… So frustrating!
A lot of us will create a few playlists that work but then feel that they become stale and overused. How do I find great new songs and stay inspired enough by my own music to inspire my students?!
Whether you’re teaching 5 Rhythms or Soul Motion movement, Slow Deep Stretch or Vinyasa Flow Yoga, hosting retreats or workshops, or creating playlists for your private training or massage sessions, there is a set of skills I want to share with you to give you greater mastery over how you use music.
Music has become a key element of modern yoga classes, but not all teachers have the skills to use music effectively.
The power of the right song, at the right moment to bond a room in a shared emotion, drop people down into contemplative embodied awareness, or fire up a group to work hard and build energy is undeniable.
And whatever kind of classes or events you’re leading, the alchemy of a well-sequenced playlist that really guides the arc of a rich and soulful experience is an art form.
“Julian is a master with music. He uses it to create a space that is sacred, provocative, transformational and celebratory. His skill is unparalleled. His artistry is in allowing the music to support a journey, not monopolize it. That is a skill that takes knowledge and experience to cultivate.” Hala Khouri, M.A., Off the Mat co-founder, teacher trainer, yoga teacher, somatic counselor
Ultimate Music Mastery is a premiere online course delivered over 7 days as a series of video lessons in which I will guide you step-by-step through the information and skills necessary to use music more effectively.
Each video will give you homework to do that will not only prepare you for the next lesson and allow you to practice your new skills, but that will be building a foundation that you can draw on for years to come.
The UMM course is comprehensive, and covers the most basic aspects of:
* how to build playlists and
* find great new music that you are excited to share, as well as
* more sophisticated and creative DJ secrets that will deepen your understanding and supercharge your skill set, and
* super important little techie details that will prevent headaches down the line and keep you in the flow.
** The Course is now for the first time open year ’round. You can SIGN UP anytime. **
Here’s a brief summary:
* UMM video 1: Finding Great Music (Organizing & Finding Awesome Tunes!) 23 minutes
* UMM video 2: Creating Effective Playlists (Timelines, Moods, The Vibe) 6 minutes
* UMM video 3: Techie Tips (Avoiding headaches & frustrating technical obstacles) 15 minutes
* UMM video 4: Creative DJ Skills(Supercharge your Playlists!) 28 minutes
In addition, there is a 3 minute introductory video on how to get the most out of the course, and two supplemental videos (totaling 9 minutes) that show how to create a playlist (in case you have never done so) as well as the right way to add playlists to your external device from iTunes.
This adds up to 84 minutes of video that you will have access to for life once you sign up for the course.
I am confident you are going to find this an information-packed and highly valuable course that will definitely take your skill set for using music in your classes beyond what you had even imagined was possible!
In each video I introduce concepts and skills, offer tips, and guide you step-by-step through exercises and homework, even including screen capture “how-to” tutorials!
HOW IT WORKS:
Now, you may notice that there are 4 core videos, yet the course is delivered over 7 days… Why?!
Well, I have found that we do better at learning with good structure and guidance. I give you days in-between to actually do your homework and integrate the new information effectively before we move on. The course is designed to set you up for success.
I don’t want to just dump 84 minutes of teaching on you at once and expect you to have the discipline and patience to muddle your way through. That would be overwhelming! I also don’t think it is realistic to expect you to watch a video lesson and do all the homework each time and be ready to go into new territory right away on the next day.
So think of it as a 7 day course structured for maximum benefit, with plenty of information, skills and homework to keep you going for years to come, should you choose to really commit to building on the excellent foundation I have given you.
- But here’s the BEST PART: Once the course has been delivered, you will have lifetime access to the material —so you can work at your own pace and revisit the content any time you need to!
** The Course is now open year ’round. Buy Now! **
“Julian has such a gift for integrating music into classes…..always the right tempo, flavor, mood at just the right time. I know that this is one reason his yoga workshops are so inspiring and popular at my studio.” Debbi Murphy, yoga teacher, owner: Shanti Yoga Studio
“As only the greatest deejays can, Julian ineffably absorbs the spirit and energy of his dancers and via a seamless tapestry of tunes, brings them fuel to “bring it” – and boy do we!” Robert Brooks Mendel, location scout \ manager in commercials and a former episodic tv assistant director
As a successful yoga teacher, ecstatic dance DJ, workshop and retreat leader for the last 20 years, I have spent thousands of hours honing the craft of integrating music effectively into creating the kinds of experiential magic that touches people, creates memories and keeps my community coming back for more, year after year.
Imagine yourself having the experience I have every week at my classes and events: Usually several students come up to me and ask about specific songs, thank me for the music, ask if I post my playlists, or comment on it as a powerful “soundtrack to the experience” that took them on a journey.
It is also really fun!
Or how about that first moment, years ago on one of my yoga, dance and meditation retreats, when I quietly listened and watched with tears rolling down my cheeks as the newly-bonded group of participants spontaneously sung along together with eyes closed at the end of a session as a song came on that touched their hearts. Magic.
Music can be so liberating, healing, inspiring, energizing, or relaxing. It speaks an emotional language that goes right to the soul.
But there is a necessary learning curve and homework to be done behind the scenes to really gain the kind of mastery that will make music an effortless and fun, creative aspect of what you do, without taking anything away from your ability to actually teach in the moment and connect with your students.
“Julian is a soulful teacher who can really drop the beats and take you for a magic carpet ride from earth to heaven and back to earth again. He integrates body wisdom, spiritual depth, ecstatic melodies and lots of dancing fun! I’ve cried in his room, touched by the beauty. And I’ve laughed like a kid. He’s a magician. If you have the opportunity to learn from him, don’t hesitate!” Kaia Van Zandt, yoga teacher, author
“Your thoughtful arrangement of music in combination with the posturing sequencing, dropped me deeper into the asanas physically and emotionally. I was able to flow, feel, and experience the class as one long beautiful thread. By the end I had woven a beautiful soul tapestry.” –Roxanne DePalma, yoga instructor, pole dance teacher, Holistic Health Practitioner, and smile master
“Julian Walker is a sonic shaman. His highly curated playlists reflect his eclectic, wide musical taste. He has the uncanny ability to weave sounds together to take you on a deep, inner journey of discovery – evoking hypnotic and elevated mind-body states.” –Ashley Turner, M.A., yoga teacher, psychotherapy intern, ordained priestess
Here’s A Short Video To Tell you More About The Experience, Process and Valuable Information in the Ultimate Music Mastery Course:
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“In his UMM course, Julian has given me both the practical tools and the confidence to create magical musical journeys for my dance classes. His videos are simple, clear, and supportive, taking me step by step through the whole process. Getting grounded and organized in the technical aspects is giving me the freedom to fly creatively. My skills have increased dramatically in just a few weeks.
Julian’s warmth and generosity as a musical mentor is refreshing and allows me to feel more trusting in the vulnerability of creative expression. His willingness to share, rather than guard, his secrets is helping me to know that each voice is unique —it inspires me to be more authentically myself as a facilitator.” Laurie Ginsburg, ecstatic dance facilitator with Spiritweaves and HeART of Community event producer
Is This Course Right For Me?! The 7 Most Frequently Asked Questions & Concerns…
1.) I am just beginning to experiment with using music in my classes, and am concerned that the course will be too intimidating for me —should I do it?
Ultimate Music Mastery will start you off at a very basic level, and provide supplemental tutorials that assume very little existing knowledge or experience. In addition we are here for you if you run into any problems or have questions that you cannot figure out. Just email, and we’ll respond. Once you have the basics in place from the first 3 videos, you can always come back anytime to work on the more advanced material in video four.
2.) I am already iTunes savvy, and using my iPad/iPhone/DJ software/Mixer for my yoga/ecstatic dance classes —is this course going to be too basic for me?
Ultimate Music Mastery starts off in a very accessible way, but will still give you some powerful foundational tips in video 1 & 2 that you may not be utilizing yet. Video 3 will also save you some serious technical headaches that can plague even experienced iTunes users. Once you get to video 4, you’ll find a deep well of information, tools and techniques that will give you plenty to work on. These include understanding musical keys and BPM information to supercharge and fine-tune your playlists, as well as looping, crossfade collage, transitional looping and beat-matching techniques that will blow your mind!
3.) What if I can’t complete all the lessons and homework in the 7-day period?
No problem whatsoever. You will now own the course yourself and be able to come back at any time in the future to review. In fact, this course is so information-packed, we predict you will still be learning for months, if not years to come!
4.) Why should I pay for this course when I could find free articles and videos on all these subjects online?
While it is true that YogaTeacherGradSchool.com provides a TON of free information, our courses give you the structure and support to really follow through and do the necessary work for it to start paying off. Yes, a lot of what is in this course can be found online if you are willing to spend hour upon hour looking around, trying to eliminate the bad or outdated content and then organizing the good information for yourself —but there are also details here that you won’t find anywhere else, and the step-by-step process you’ll be guided through will get you real results.
5.) Why can’t I just have the entire course available to me right away after I sign up?
The course is delivered over the course of 7 days so as to support you in pacing yourself, doing the homework and not being overwhelmed by the amount of information provided. This structure is designed to set you up for success. Trust the process!
6.) Do I need to buy a lot of expensive equipment in order to able to do this course?!
No! You can follow the entire course with just your iTunes library on your computer and whatever external device you use (iPod, iPhone, iPad, laptop etc…) Video 4 will feature all the mind-blowing things you can learn to do on the DJay2 software app from Algoriddim, which you can easily purchase in seconds from the app store for $9.99. For those participants wanting to really go the next level, I highly recommend using DJay 2 on an iPad —but because you will own the entire course after February 8, you can always come back and do this months or years down the line, when you are ready! DJay2 also has versions of the app for iPhone and laptop. But even if you don’t want to go that route, the first 3 information-packed videos and their homework will give you plenty to work on for right now and you don’t need to buy anything else to follow along and do all the work from roughly 85% of the course.
7.) What if I sign up and pay for the course, but don’t like it?
Because we believe that the material we offer is high quality and will get you excellent results if you do the work, all YogaTeacherGradSchool.com courses have a 100% money-back guarantee. We only ask that you show us the homework you did from the first video, to demonstrate that you gave it a shot. If after completing that homework you feel the course is not for you, we completely understand and will refund your payment right away.
But, honestly —that’s not going to happen, because you’re going to LOVE the Ultimate Music Mastery course!
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“I have appreciated the musical offerings you have been sharing for years, you have a great ear, and a wonderful musical sense.” Jo Cobbett, world-wide Ecstatic Dance facilitator, visual artist (and teacher of the first ecstatic dance class I ever walked into… I stayed for 15 years! ~Julian)
“One of the reasons I am so drawn to Julian’s classes, is his use of music. He creates a very specific, powerful, sensual playlist. His use of songs with lyrics at appropriate moments never fail to open me up that much more in my practice. I am always inspired by his play lists and borrow freely from them for my classes:) He is a master.” Jodeen Revere, yoga teacher
“I’ve been a student of Julian Walker’s for more than a decade and have had the good fortune to participate in his yoga retreats several times. I love all kinds of music, but what strikes me each time I attend a class/workshop/retreat with Julian is how meticulously he curates his playlist to swell and recede with the mood of the event. As the poses become more challenging, the music becomes the backbone of your breath and emotional stability, providing a grounded heartbeat; in the absence of the music, I would feel unmoored, but the beat can help keep me grounded. If I focus on the beat or the lyrics (again, Julian has an uncanny knack for selecting songs that speak to the moment), I can move through a difficult transition and find myself in a sweeter, steadier place.” –Erin Shachory, mother, writer, yogini
” Julian’s deep love and professional understanding of music is what allows him to prescribe the perfect song for the perfect time. It could be a lyric-less piece of music that acts as a hypnotic metronome that calms parts of me that desperately needed to chill out, or a high energy, bone awakening drum beat that actually makes my muscles beg, “use me, move me!” Then Julian will throw in a lyrical piece of poetic genius that will easily bring tears to my eyes. My heart and body has no choice but take to all this like a healing medicine.” –Jillian Szafranski, Bodyworker and Yoga Therapist for Eating Disorders and Trauma.
“After experiencing your class nothing touches my soul quite the same! The combination of your magical voice, filtering in and out of beautifully choreographed music/movement is like spices waking up or relaxing the sensations evoked and brings them to another level of life, emotionally, physically, spacially, rhythmically and psychologically !
It’s Divine!” Yasi Vafai, yogini