”Josefina’s enthusiasm is impossible to match! She draws from her training and experience in yoga and physical dynamics, to teach more ergonomic nyckelharpa playing. She is very perceptive about the strengths and weaknesses of all levels of players, and is able to express fluently how each player can make changes to improve their sound. She is generous with her time and comes well-prepared with written and recorded examples. Her emphasis on nuance, energy, expression, and dancibility is all taught with sensitivity, humor and kindness.”
Marilee Cowan, Arizona
"Josefina's way of teaching and explaining is great. She is not only able to explain why and how a technique works on the nyckelharpa, but also how the body mechanics behind the technique work. Her understanding of the human body really comes into play here and makes her explanations super-easy to understand. Of course, her explanations about tunes, music etc. are excellent, too. Her focus and attention on her students and their playing is unparalleled, both inside and outside the classroom. What's more, she is also an incredibly lovely person and a brilliant player! sIf you have the chance to participate in one of Josefina's workshops: do it, I can highly recommend it!”
Björn Kaidel, Germany
“Josefina Paulson is one of the best young players and teachers of the nyckelharpa tradition in Sweden. I met her for the first time at the Eric Sahlström Institute in the summer of 2015 and instantly knew I could learn a lot more from her. I was very fortunate to receive a cultural grant from the Canada Council to study intensively with Josefina for a week in September 2016. She has a true passion and intensity of expression when she plays the nyckelharpa and it is infectious. For one week she took a microscope to my playing and she has opened my eyes to the possibilities of sound and expression on this fantastic instrument. I am a classically trained violinist, working in the orchestral word and the nyckelharpa technique (particularly the bow) is very different that what I first assumed. I should have assumed nothing! Josefina clearly showed me the difference in playing technique, and gave me specific exercises to practise on my nyckelharpa, and I have to say this has made ALL the difference for me. She gave me many tools to take home to Canada, and this is exactly what I need to significantly improve on the nyckelharpa. I will definitely be coming back to Sweden in future, and I hope I have the good fortune to study with her again. She is an inspiration!”
Kirsty Money, Halifax, NS, Canada
Josefina gives lessons, workshops and courses in playing the nyckelharpa, with focus on traditional Swedish folkmusic and tools to develop technical skills on your instrument.
She has an education in mental training from the Scandinavian International University and she is also a yoga instructor which reflects on her way of teaching. Looking at the body and the instrument as one unit, both takes the music and the ergonomical way of playing to another level.
Josefina is the teacher of nyckelharpa at Sjöviks folkhögskola.
Read more about the course and how to apply on the schools website
Josefina give workshops all over Europe Current dates!
Together with Erika Lindqvist (dancer) she gives workshops in communication between dancer and musician"Music and Dance as one language"
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