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, our personal idea of our body in our brain. Body Mapping teaches us to move in relation to accurate anatomical information about the body in motion. It awakens and enhances self-perception through our tactile and kinesthetic senses, and expands our attention to include our performance space and its contents. In addition to preventing and resolving performance-related injuries or limitations by correcting faults in our body map, musicians will discover how well-coordinated movement increases both ease and control in playing, greatly enhances and expands artistic choices, and helps lessen and even eliminate any negative effects from performance anxiety. 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 Prof. of Music Emerita at Willamette University, an active performing pianist, a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a Licensed Body Mapping Educator.
Each 90-minute session will be recorded and available to registrants who may have a time conflict with the live events.
The course is highly interactive, combining presentation, performance of illustrative excerpts at the piano, and movement activities and explorations by the participants.
NOTE: The course will be taught in relation to playing the piano. However, the information and movement principles learned can be applied to any performance medium so any musician interested in Body Mapping and improving overall coordination is welcome to join.
TUESDAY 14 September: Session 1 THE ATTENTIVE MUSICIAN
WEDNESDAY 15 September: Session 2 BALANCE AND WEIGHT DELIVERY IN THE HUMAN BODY
THURSDAY 16 September: Session 3 ALL ABOUT ARMS!
FRIDAY 17 September: 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!
SATURDAY 18 September: 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.
NOTE: Participants should have their instrument available and a few small props like a book, cup, or pen for each session of the course.
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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