Tina Margareta Nilssen (f. 1977) has taught Timani to more than 3000 musicians all over the world over the last decade. She is a classical pianist with numerous additional courses in physical and mental fields. Her driving force has been to discover what it really takes to develop fully as an artist and gain a genuine expression through music. Through her method she has built bridges between what we about the body, mind and brain, and to deliver this in a practical and understandable way through effective tools that musicians can gain from.
Through her teaching experience Tina has discovered where there are common answers for musicians in regards to using the body in a healthy way. All musicians are unique, and all lives carry their own history that can impact the body and the life as a musician.
Tina Margareta Nilssen is the creator of Timani and the CEO og Musicians’ Health and Movement Institute in Oslo, Norway. She has implemented knowledge from traditional and specific schools within the fields of body and mind and made it relevant to musicians. The name Timani can as a consequence of the combinations of fields and knowledge being unique, so that people easily could know what to expect when signing up for a Timani session or course. Some of the components embedded in Timani is her long time learning from Gabor Dalnoki and his psychosomatic body work, as well as year long learning and collaborating with Heide Görtz and her Görtz Method. Some of the exercises come directly from these sources, always with a Timani – tweak on top of it. Other exercises are developed by Tina herself, or are from traditional physiotherapy sources but with more specific instructions for musicians within them. This is so that musicians can know how to make new coordination skills relevant in their every day life when expressing music while performing and practicing.
Tina has since October 2013 educated musicians through the Timani certification program for musicians. This course runs both live and online and is open to all musicians and music students all over the world. Many musicians from different countries has done or is in the doing of the 3-year certification program, you can find them in the “Find a teacher” button in the menu. Those that choose to do the private certification that she offers are professional musicians, university teachers, music school teachers and music students. In addition to running the certification, Tina teaches soloists, orchestra musicians, university teachers, conductors and students, talent schools and music school teachers in Timani. She has regularly taught students at all the music universities in Norway for several years and is currently teaching Timani as an elective study at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and as a mandatory subject in the Focusyear program at the Musik Akademie Basel, Switzerland.
As a classical pianist, Tina has her Masters Degree from The Norwegian Academy of Music (Prof. Jens Harald Bratlie). Her studies also include a Bachelor from NTNU-Institute of Music (Jørgen Larsen), Barratt Due Music institute (Prof. Jiri Hlinka) and a one-year ERASMUS study during her Masters Degree at the University of Arts, Berlin (Prof. Heide Görtz). She has released a solo recording with music by Beethoven, Lund and Grieg as well as three internationally renowned CD’s with the Dena Piano Duo on the record label 2L, and has performed in most European countries and the USA.
You can watch her play here and read more about her as a pianist here.
Other educations, certifications and courses
Tina is trained as a Massage Therapist (Axelsons Body Work School), Personal Trainer, Mind Detox Practitioner (MDM Academy), and has learned Psychosomatic body work (Gabor Dalnoki). She has done two yoga teacher training trainings (Jules Mitchell and Virya Yoga) with emphasis on biomechanics, and a course in kinaesthesia for pianists (Prof. Heide Görtz), Kinetic Control certification (The Movement Performance Solution), Brainspotting Phase 1, 2, 3 og Master Class (David Grand) and attended additional courses on biomechanics, natural movement, trauma therapy and body work.
There is a book coming in April 2021 on Norsk Musikkforlag!! And you can join an online Timani community course for musicians here. You can buy the solo-CD recorded on the record company 2L with music of Edvard Grieg, Signe Lund og Ludwig van Beethoven here.
To create a platform for her students to play music, she runs the Timani Music Festival in Oslo, Norway. You can read more about that here. and feel free to sign up for the Timani Newsletter in the link below, if you want some updates on all of this!