The body map is our own self-representation in our brains that tells us how big or small we are, where things are and how we use our bodies. If our body map is accurate, movement is good. But, if our body map is inaccurate movement is inefficient and can create discomfort and injury. In Body Mapping, we learn to gain access to our own body map through self-observation and self-inquiry. Students carefully correct their own body map by assimilating accurate information provided by kinesthetic experience, the use of a mirror, anatomical models, books, pictures, and teachers. Our goal is to recognize the source of inefficient or harmful movement and learn how to replace it with movement that is efficient and elegant, and based on the truth about our own structure, function.
What is Body Mapping?
Body Mapping is the conscious correcting and refining of one’s body map to produce efficient, coordinated, effective movement. Body Mapping, over time, with application, allows any musician to play with an ease and fluidity. Body Mapping not only helps musicians avoid injury; it also enhances musicians’ technique.
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body
As a licensed Andover Educator, I teach both private Body Mapping lessons as well as the six hour course, What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body. The course outline is as follows:
- Hour 1: Training our senses, movement and attention
- Hour 2: The six places of balance in the body
- Hour 3: The movement of breathing
- Hour 4: The arm structure and movement at all 4 joints
- Hour 5: The legs; how they move, and help us maintain balance as we play
- Hour 6: Putting it all together with our instruments
For more information about private or group lessons, please contact me at RenaMarieUrso at gmail dot com
Some of the conservatories, universities, and performing artists who continue to benefit from Body Mapping and our work together include … The Juilliard School, University of Southern California, Rice University, Rutgers University, Manhattan School of Music, Arizona State University, University of Texas, Austin, Texas Tech, SUNY Stony Brook, musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, and many more!
UPCOMING BODY MAPPING CLASSES & LESSONS
Rice University – November 16, 2018
University of Southern California – January 29, 2019
Sonoma State University – April 2, 2019
Biola University – September 11, 2019
Ongoing lessons in Turlock, CA and Highland Park, IL.
Private lessons and workshops available in each of the above locations. Contact me via email to find out how you can schedule a workshop, masterclass, or lesson.
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For more information about Body Mapping, including helpful resources and suggested readings, please visit http://www.bodymap.org