What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body (Full Body Mapping Course)

Jennifer Johnson

Photo Jennifer teaching BMG Jennifer Johnson

* Please note: This six hour course is a pre-requisite for training as a Body Mapping Educator. These classes cannot be bought separately*

The full six-hour Body Mapping course will teach musicians how to move according to the true anatomical design of the body when they make music in order to overcome and prevent limitation, pain and injury. The course is interactive lecture style with many opportunities to uncover mismappings and to try on new movement patterns at the instrument.

Materials needed:

instrument

yoga mat or carpet for floor work

pair of socks

non-stretchy scarf

heavy, small item such as roll of coins, paperweight, can of beans or bean bag

Day 1: Sunday 25th April

Introduction to Body Mapping:

In this section, we will examine what Body Mapping is and how it helps musicians to retrain their movement, their senses and their attention to find more freedom in their music-making

Day 2: Monday 26th April

Six Places of Balance

This section will discuss ways to sit and stand when we play and sing that involve the least amount of muscular work and are the most balanced places of rest from which to move to create music.


Day 3/4: Tuesday and Wednesday 27/28th April

This section will be spread over two days and will examine all the common mismappings that musicians have regarding the arms and the hands and how to correct these mismappings to find their freest movement at the instrument.

Day 5: Thursday 29th April

Legs in movement is the focus of this section. We will examine what musically appropriate leg movement is and how remapping our legs more accurately according to their true design can help support the whole body and specifically, help the arms achieve what is needed as we sing and play.


Day 6: Friday 30th April (2 hour session)

The last section of interactive lecture will be about breathing! We will discover what the common mismappings about breathing are that lead musicians into unnecessary work, limitation and injury.

The final hour on Day Five will be a very informal master class format where two or three particpants will play (could be a scale or fragment of a favourite piece) and then discuss their mismappings and discover new ways of moving while they play or sing.




Details

Classes held via zoom, limited to small numbers. This event has multiple classes. Missed a class? You can still purchase a ticket to access the recording.


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All sessions: €160.00
Sun 25.4.21
10:00–11:00 America/New_York
What Every Musician needs to know about the Body: Class 1
Mon 26.4.21
10:00–11:00 America/New_York
What Every Musician needs to know about the Body: Class 2
Tue 27.4.21
10:00–11:00 America/New_York
What Every Musician needs to know about the Body: Class 3
Wed 28.4.21
10:00–11:00 America/New_York
What Every Musician needs to know about the Body: Class 4
Thu 29.4.21
10:00–11:00 America/New_York
What Every Musician needs to know about the Body: Class 5
Fri 30.4.21
10:00–12:00 America/New_York
What Every Musician needs to know about the Body: Class 6