Somatic Education for Musicians
I was a Licensed Andover Educator from Feb 2012-Feb 2016. I no longer teach the Andover Educators' body mapping course, “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body."
As a licensed Andover Educator, I taught private and group Body Mapping lessons to flutists and all musicians. I have presented workshops/masterclasses at DePaul University, taught private Body Mapping lessons at Summerflute (summer flute workshop), and at my home studio in Campbell, CA.
I am currently in training to become a Feldenkrais Practitioner.
I am still available to teach movement and functional anatomy to musicians, but it will not be following the Andover Educators method of somatic education.
What is “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body?”
It is a book written by Barbara Conable. It is also a course taught by Andover Educators, based the principles of the Alexander Technique.
What is Body Mapping?
Body Mapping is the conscious correcting and refining of one’s body map to produce efficient, graceful, coordinated, effective movement. Body Mapping, over time, with application, allows any musician to play like a natural.
Body Mapping was discovered by William Conable, professor of cello at the Ohio State University School of Music. Conable inferred the body map from the congruence of students’ movement in playing with their reports of their notions of their own structures. He observed that students move according to how they think they’re structured rather than according to how they are actually structured. When the students’ movement in playing becomes based on the students’ direct perception of their actual structure, it becomes efficient, expressive, and appropriate for making music. Conable’s observations are currently being confirmed by discoveries in neurophysiology concerning the locations, functions, and coordination of body maps in movement.
Barbara Conable, the founder of Andover Educators, is now retired from her career as an internationally renowned teacher of the Alexander Technique. What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body, her book and her course, are informed by the insights of F. M. Alexander, as well as other Somatic disciplines and current findings in the neuroscience of movement.
Anatomy of Breathing by Blandine Calais-Germain (ISBN 9780939616558)
Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain (ISBN 9780939616572)
Feldenkrais Method www.feldenkrais.com
What Every Pianist Needs to Know About the Body by Thomas Mark (ISBN 9781579992064)
What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body by Melissa Malde, MaryJean Allen, Zurt-Alexander Zeller (ISBN 9781597563246)
What Every Violinist Needs to Know About the Body by Jennifer Johnson (ISBN 9781579997342)
What Every Flutist Needs to Know About the Body by Lea Pearson (ISBN 781579995003)
What Every Trombonist Needs to Know About the Body by David Vining (ISBN 9780615224107)
Oboemotions: What Every Oboe Player Needs to Know About the Body by Stephen Caplan (ISBN 9781579997274)
Constructive Rest: the audio guide series (audio) by David Nesmith constructiverest.com
Alexander Technique www.alexandertechnique.com