WHAT EVERY PIANIST NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE BODY
In this 5-session course, pianist Anita King will offer an in-depth introduction to the somatic method of “Body Mapping.” Our body map is our self-representation of our body in our brain. Body Mapping teaches us to move in relation to accurate anatomical information about the body in motion, awaken and enhance self-perception through our tactile and kinesthetic senses, and expand our attention to include our performance space and its contents. In addition to preventing and resolving performance-related injuries or limitations by correcting any faults in our body maps, musicians will discover how well-coordinated movement increases both ease and control in playing while greatly enhancing and expanding our artistic choices. In the end, our movement and expressive possibilities will be limitless and our playing a continual source of joy, freedom, and renewal.
Anita King is professor of music emeritus at Willamette University, an active performing pianist, a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a licensed Body Mapping educator.
The sessions are highly interactive, combining presentation, performance of illustrative excerpts at the piano, and movement activities and explorations by the participants.
NOTE: This course will be taught in relation to playing the piano. However, the information and movement principles taught can be applied to any performance medium so any musician interested in Body Mapping is welcome to join.
Session 1 THE ATTENTIVE MUSICIAN
NOTE: Participants should have their instrument available and a few small props like a book, cup, or pen for each session of the course.
Session 2 BALANCE AND WEIGHT DELIVERY IN THE HUMAN BODY
Session 3 ALL ABOUT ARMS!
Session 4 BREATHING WITH EASE AT THE PIANO
When playing do we ever find ourselves holding our breath, clenching our jaw or unconsciously humming? Let’s put breathing fully and freely into a whole-body context!
Friday 5th February: Session 5 ALL ABOUT LEGS!
Starting with the premise that performing music is a whole-body activity in every moment, this session explores the multiple roles of legs in practice and performance.
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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