The Heifetz Performance and Communication Training method was developed by Heifetz Institute Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus Daniel Heifetz in 1997, one year after the Institute was founded. Since that time more than 1600 students have experienced this innovative form of instruction that combines private instruction and performance with classes in voice, speaking in public, drama, movement, freedom of expression, and health and wellness. The overarching goal is to develop the expressive potential of every performer.
Statement of Purpose
The mission of the Heifetz Institute is to develop the expressive and communicative potential of students, teachers, and performing artists by deepening their personal connection to themselves, to the music, and to the audience. To fulfill that mission, the Heifetz Performance and Communication Training program seeks:
- To explore the full range of human emotions and how it relates to each student’s emotional experiences;
- To develop various approaches to exploring and expressing the emotional, narrative, and poetic content of music;
- To nurture the art of live performance with authenticity and confidence; and
- To teach students to be comfortable on stage, while fostering openness, awareness, and flexibility.
Heifetz Performance and Communication Training strives to empower performers to perfect their artistry by developing their physical, mental, and emotional range and its connection to the music through the following goals:
1. Know Oneself
Becoming aware of one’s personality traits and understanding various human emotions is essential in conveying a convincing and authentic performance. The goal of the Heifetz Performance and Communication Training method is to support students as they access their own store of emotions and unique personality characteristics.
2. Open Oneself
Heifetz Performance and Communication Training is designed to provide a comfortable and safe environment for students to explore their emotional range, to overcome personal inhibitions, and to be willing to take risks as they develop their own expressiveness and interpretive style as connected to the music they perform.
3. Express Oneself
Once there is a clearer understanding of their individual personality and emotional range, students then explore how their physical and mental life work together to create an authentic and expressive performance. An essential element toward achieving these goals is gaining an awareness of the connection between musical training and emotional expression. Heifetz Performance and Communication Training is designed to support students as they balance and integrate all these features, deepening their connection to the music and to the audience.
4. Improve One’s Physical Freedom and Health
One of the underlying bases for performing at one’s best is to have the necessary bodily strength, agility, and flexibility to do so. These traits enable the performer to have the freedom to demonstrate technical prowess, emotional resonance, and engagement with the audience. Physical fitness should become a regular component of every performer’s life. It is the aim of the Heifetz Institute to provide each student with the skills to develop a physical fitness regimen that meets individual needs and provides a sense of well-being.