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“What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body” is designed to set each performer who takes it on a path of self-evaluation and change, in order that he or she may eventually arrive at a sensory-motor integrity sufficient to becoming and remaining free of injury and pain through a lifetime of performing with increasing pleasure and proficiency.

What You Will Learn

  • HOUR ONE: ABOUT MOVEMENT, YOUR SENSES, AND ATTENTION IN PLAYING AND SINGING. Training musicians’ movement by cultivating an accurate and adequate Body Map. Training sensory discernment and responsiveness. Training attention.
  • HOUR TWO: THE CORE OF THE BODY AND THE PLACES OF BALANCE. The spine; the balance of the head on the spine; the balance of the head and thorax on the lumbar vertebrae; the balance of the torso on the legs; balance at the knee; balance at the ankle; balance on the arch of the foot; and the balance of the arm structure.
  • HOUR THREE: YOUR FOUR ARM JOINTS AND HOW TO USE THEM. The four arm joints; the organization from the tip of the little finger to the tip of the shoulder blade; support for arm movement by a dynamic, lengthening and gathering core.
  • HOUR FOUR: THE MOVEMENT OF BREATHING. Mapping the structures of breathing and the movement of breathing, including a dynamic, lengthening and gathering core.
  • HOUR FIVE: YOUR LEGS AND HOW THEY MOVE AS YOU PLAY. The three leg joints; the organization of the musculature; support for leg movement by a dynamic, lengthening and gathering core; the reflex that gives us a spring in the step.

Hour One - David Nesmith

David Nesmith, AE Sponsoring Teacher, Alexander Technique teacher, and horn player, has been an Andover Educator since 1998. Retired from the WV Symphony (3rd horn, 30 years), Cleveland Chamber Symphony (Principal horn, 10 years), he continues to teach at Denison University (Granville, OH USA). Currently David performs with the Cathedral Brass Ensemble (since 1990, St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, OH) and the New Hampshire Music Festival (since 1996). He is the author of the Breathing Book for Horn (Mountain Peak Music 2011) and creator of Constructive Rest: The Audio Guide Series (Smart Poise 2011).

Hour Two - Vanessa Mulvey 

Illuminating the intimate relationship between musical expression and a musician’s movement and then guiding each musician to uncover coordinated, healthy movement is Vanessa’s mission.  A performing artist and Licensed Andover Educator since 2009 Vanessa is currently Co-President of Andover Educators, she utilizes Body Mapping along with experience in Pilates, Feldenkrais, flying trapeze and restorative exercise to assist musicians in eliminating playing limitation and pain and revealing their true expressive voice. Vanessa has presented workshops around the world for musicians, at venues that include: Boston University Tanglewood Institute, SUNY Purchase Double Reed Day, British Isles Music Festival, Trevor Wye's Boston Master Classes, National Association for Music Education Conferences, and Boston Flute Academy.   Ms. Mulvey is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she teaches popular Body Mapping courses.

Hour Three - James Blumer 

James Blumer is a Licensed Andover Educator, violin teacher, and a freelance violinist based in the NY metro area.  James is sought-after as a clinician on the benefits of Body Mapping in performance and pedagogy. Frequently, he offers Body Mapping lessons, workshops, and masterclasses to inform musicians on how understanding the body's natural design can improve movement, leading to performance enhancement as well as injury prevention.  James has taught at numerous schools and organizations including the Manhattan School of Music, Ithaca College, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference. He also serves on the board of Andover Educators. James completed performance studies at Montclair State University, the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria, and Ithaca College. While at Ithaca, he also completed long-term Suzuki training with Carrie Reuning-Hummel. James is currently undergoing the three-year teacher training program at the American Center for the Alexander Technique.

Hour Four - Bonnie Draina

Bonnie Draina has played instruments ranging from piano to sousaphone with marching, jazz and rock bands and sung on concert and opera stages around the country. She played a central role in the expansion of the innovative Musicians' Wellness Program at the University of Colorado - Boulder, partnering with a wide range of medical and complementary practitioners to help students address health challenges related to their musical training. Bonnie holds a DMA in voice performance and pedagogy from CU-Boulder as well as degrees from Westminster Choir College and Drew University. She is the author of The Breathing Book for Singers, to be published in 2017 by Mountain Peak Press. Bonnie enjoys hiking, gardening and food fermentation. She lives in Nashville TN with her husband, Matt, a solar professional and rock star, and their son, Rio.  

Hour Five - Heather Buchanan

Australian born conductor Heather J. Buchanan, PhD is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University, where she conducts choral ensembles ranging in size from 24 - 180 voices. Choirs under her direction have won critical acclaim for their "heartfelt conviction," "grace and precision," "vibrant sound," and for singing with the "crispness and dexterity of a professional choir." During her 14 year tenure MSU choirs have collaborated with a variety of renowned national and international performing artists, performed regularly with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO), and have sung on commercially produced recordings with Meredith Monk and the JSO (Carmina Burana and Verdi Requiem). A licensed Andover Educator since 2002 she teaches a 3-credit Body Mapping centered performance enhancement course annually at MSU. A vibrant teacher, dynamic performer, and passionate musicians' health advocate, Dr. Buchanan is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician in the US and abroad. 

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