Drawing on nearly 20 years of experience as a professional musician and university music professor, plus a decade of research and training in mindfulness, movement, and trauma recovery, my workshops and private coaching sessions are designed to help musicians access a felt sense of their innate capacity for expression, mastery, and resilience.

I believe in playing the long game. I’m not into quick fixes or dramatic breakthroughs – although sometimes they do happen! Instead, through various mindfulness and body-based practices, I focus on helping participants and clients experience small, incremental shifts that offer the possibility of significant transformation over time.

Sounds kind of serious, huh? It can be, but I am also a believer in the value of play for enhanced learning and self-regulation. I aim to foster a learning environment that is rigorous and reflective while at the same time providing lots of opportunities to unleash your inner goofball.

Workshops and Residencies

I am available for workshops and residencies at universities and summer festivals, as well as with professional and community musical organizations. Workshop topics include:

  • Mind/Body Tools for Effective Music Practice
  • Mind/Body Tools for Presence in Performance
  • Nervous System 101: Self-Regulation Strategies for Awareness, Resilience, and Creativity
  • Restoring Resilience and Creativity Through Play
  • Mindful Movement for Musician: Simple Practices for Body Awareness and Mobility
  • Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation       

Private Coaching

I have a limited number of spots available for one-on-one coaching, either in-person or online via Skype. Private sessions can be tailored to individual needs and may include the following:

  • Mindfulness meditation instruction and support
  • Movement strategies for strength, mobility, and body awareness
  • Nervous system education
  • Self-regulation strategies for practice and performance
  • Etc.

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Low Brass Study

If you are a low brass player interested in studying at MUN, please email me at kbulmer@mun.ca. You can also visit my page on the MUN School of Music website and navigate from there to find information about our awesome undergraduate and graduate programs.


For workshop and residency fees, please email karen@musicmindandmovement.com or contact me using this form. A sliding scale is available for private sessions. Please email for details.

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