being here is always
within and without
A glowing repertory
a wisdom wine
Emmalee Hunnicutt lives in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. Originally from Iowa, Emmalee started learning to play cello and piano at a young age at the Preucil School of Music, a well known Suzuki Music school. She went on to get a degree from the University of Iowa in cello performance. In college she was introduced to the Alexander Technique. This was the beginning of her interest in somatic education and bodywork. Her experience with the Alexander Technique in college gave her the tools to get rid of back pain she was experiencing while playing the cello as well as tools to work with performance anxiety and to enhance her musical creativity. In 2012 she moved to Asheville to create music and to become a licensed massage therapist. She was able to explore music improvisation in a big way with her band Library of Babel, and with a number of dance collaborations, and continues to weave improvisation into her work as a professional cellist and teacher. She started training to become an Alexander Technique teacher in 2016 at 'Light in Being Alexander Technique Teacher Training' in Boone with Corinne Cassini and completed her training in 2020. Practicing massage therapy for the last ten years and completing an Alexander Technique teacher training has been an amazing and healing journey for her; she has learned an immense amount about being herself, as well as about supporting others in being themselves and exploring their full potential. Emmalee currently lives in Asheville and works as a Massage Therapist, Alexander Technique Teacher, Music teacher, and Cellist playing for wedding gigs, subbing for the Asheville Symphony and with her bands; Vinesines, Library of Babel, Dogxim and Mountain Bitters.
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Emmalee started learning to play cello at a young age, studying the Suzuki method at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, IA. She went on to get her degree in Cello performance from the University of Iowa in 2010 and has been performing professionally for the last 13 + years. In her teaching she aims to present a holistic approach to learning, drawing from her training as an Alexander Technique teacher, student of the Suzuki method and avid improviser. She incorporates body awareness into every lesson, starting with warmups, stretches and enjoyable embodied mindfulness practices that create a strong foundation for a healthy and sustainable musical life. In every lesson there is space for creative exploration, enlivening our innate curiosity to play and experiment with sound. In addition to space for experimentation, she also offers a solid technical knowledge of cello technique and music theory. In her time as a student, performer and teacher, she has seen the importance of listening to the music that you are learning, spending time away from sheet music, and also the wonder and importance of learning how to read music. In any lesson, there will be space to listen, immitate sounds, and learn music theory gradually through games, sight reading and method books. Emmalee offers a unique opportunity to learn many different styles of music. She regularly plays Celtic, Pop and Classical music, and is able to teach the unique techniques that are required for these different genres, including reading and improvising from chord charts, “chopping” and other Celtic bowing and rhythmic techniques, and the listening and sight reading skills required for ensemble playing. She'd love to work with you and help you to learn the life enriching and community building skills of creating music!
“Remain quiet throughout, but more alert than ever before.” - Margaret Goldie
What is the Alexander Technique?
The Alexander Technique is a way of enhancing awareness in activity. Through the support of ones own constructive thinking and the hands and experience of a teacher, a student has the opportunity to become more aware of what is going on in their body and mind in activity, and with that awareness make informed choices about how they are going about their activities.
Ways of Teaching
Emmalee offers in person or online lessons to groups and individuals. Alexander Technique is traditionally taught one on one and involves exploring awareness, thought and movement in low stakes activities like getting in and out of a chair, walking, standing and laying down as well as work in specialized activities like playing an instrument, dancing, writing, computer work, or gardening to list a few.
In person lessons generally include light touch from a teacher that helps to enhance awareness of ones body in space, bring into clearer focus ones structure, and potentially support new insights and experiences of ease in movement.
First lesson is free
Work with me for a free 45 minute lesson to see if you are inspired by the Alexander Technique and by working with me!
Sign up for six 45-minute lessons
Sliding scale $30-$50 per lesson, or communicate with me directly and we can find something that works for you!
Sign up for eight 30-minute lessons
Sliding scale $20-$40 per lesson, or communicate with me directly and we can find something that works for you!