This one-day course open to all musicians and teachers consists of two three-hour sessions (with short breaks between) separated by a one-hour lunch break. Maximum enrollment is 24 participants. There is plenty of time given to embody the materials through practical exercises and explorations, examination of skeletal models and visual aids.
Hour One: Somatics, Senses and Attention— understanding the basic principles of Body Mapping; learning to use the kinesthetic sense; cultivating inclusive awareness
Hour Two: The Places of Balance—recognizing the weight bearing and delivery capacity of the skeleton, finding optimal postural balance and using it to mechanical advantage in singing and playing
Hour Three: The Arm Structure—detailed anatomy and optimal use of the arm structure
Hour Four: The Movement and Structures of Breathing—breathing, articulation, etc.
Hour Five: The Lower Limb—function, structure and size of the leg for optimal movement in music making
Hour Six: Practical Integration of Principles— participants are encouraged to bring their instruments and work with the instructor in a group setting to embody the principles learned in the course; instruction in Constructive Rest and other exercises to improve body awareness