MASTA Professional Development Grant; What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body
Course Instructor: Rebecca Hunter, DMA, Andover Educator
I am honored to be a recipient of the MASTA Professional Development Grant for 2015, which helped fund my 6-hour public “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body” course on Dec. 12, 2015. It was the final requirement for me to become a licensed Andover Educator. Held at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, there were 35 participants ranging from high school students to amateur and professional musicians, and my trainer Jennifer Johnson from St. John’s Newfoundland.
Body Mapping is a term created by Barbara and William Conable to describe the process of constructively applying an understanding of ones anatomy to improve how we move both as musicians and in everyday life. Born with an intuitive map of ones own body, we often distance ourselves from this map as we begin to visually imitate those around us, creating ‘mis-mappings’. The mind will move the body the way that it envisions it. With an accurate understanding of the size, structure and function of our bony structure through skeletal models, pictures, and guided touch, one can overcome ‘mis-mappings’ and learn how to move in a balanced way. This knowledge allows one to move with integrity, minimal muscular effort, and with ease, which in turn improves ones tone, musicality, and decreases the chance of injury. The integrity of any movement depends on the integrity of the body map that governs it.