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The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Mar 13, 2020

064 Karen Bulmer: Music, Mind, & Movement

I’m really happy to welcome Karen Bulmer, Associate Professor of Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba, at memorial University, and host of the Music, Mind, and Movement Podcast to the show!

In our conversation, with cover many topics, including:

  • How our feelings towards practice affects our attitude about performance
  • Attention, intention, playfulness, and exploration in practice
  • How mindfulness helps us relate in a positive way to stress and stimuli
  • Some tools musicians can develop to get more connected with their body & exercises that can help us engage our mind/body connection
  • What lead her to the mindfulness path
  • The Music, Mind, & Movement Podcast
  • What happens when someone undertakes meditation and how it affects their practice and performance
  • The balance she’s created in her life (so inspiring!!!) & the importance of finding balance in our lives


I’m a huge fan of the Music, Mind, and movement podcast, and I hope all of you will check it out!  Karen is a wise host, with so much knowledge and experience in the field of mindful music-making, and I’ve found so much inspiration from her words!

At a time when things seem to be getting only more stressful and hectic, Karen brings us a message of very much needed mindful attention, and I think you will really resonate with our discussion!



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More about Karen:






Karen Bulmer is a versatile tuba player, educator, and writer. She is active as a tuba soloist and improviser and has performed her original one-woman show, Girl Meets Tuba, which chronicles her on-again off-again relationship with the tuba, in venues across Canada. Her radio piece, Joined at the Lip, which first aired on CBC’s Outfront in 2001, continues to be featured at radio festivals around the world, most recently at the Copenhagen Radio Cinema. Karen has presented at the annual inter-disciplinary ideaCity conference in Toronto and has recorded and performed with some of the finest classical, folk, and pop artists in Newfoundland.

In recent years, Karen’s research and creative interests have expanded to include the exploration of various mind-body practices and their particular relevance to musicians. Her unique Mind/Body Tools for Musicians program combines mindfulness with movement and self-regulation strategies to help musicians access a greater sense of their innate capacity for expression, presence, and resilience. Karen is also the creator and host of the Music, Mind, and Movement Podcast, a show that explores holistic approaches to music training and performance through in-depth conversations with educators, health professionals, somatic practitioners, and more. To listen to the podcast or to find out more about Karen’s work, including tips and tools to implement in your own practice, visit her website:

Karen holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a Professional Studies Diploma from the HARID Conservatory, and both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale University. Karen trained in meditation facilitation under the mentorship of Michael Stone and is a certified yoga instructor with additional training in biomechanics, anatomy, and movement for trauma.



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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!