Andover Educator Member Presentations

Beyond Body Mapping: The Emergence of the Musician through Fascial Awareness

Jill Dreeben and Barbara Gosselin

Sunday, June 25 2:45-3:45 in Room 1719

As musicians, we are always looking for ways to play our instruments and express ourselves with more ease and authenticity. My own personal journey has included work with Cranialsacral and Physical Therapist Barbara Gosselin, who works with fascia to help people find greater ease in and awareness of their bodies. When we can free the fascia, the body becomes more integrated, the connection between the body, emotions, and musical expression is revealed. In this presentation, we will share cutting edge information about the structure and function of fascia, and how deep body awareness can optimize our musical expression.

Barbara invites you to experience "a 30 minute Fascial Mobilization session, where you'll feel the power of gentle touch to connect to and release the deepest levels of fascia in your body. You'll gain an even deeper appreciation of fascia than you currently have.”  Here is a link to her schedule to sign up for a session.


Strategies for Triggering Full Body Integration 

Doug Johnson

Wednesday, June 28 2:45 - 3:45 PM in Room 1713

This workshop will present novel strategies for triggering integration of the body in movement. The methods that will be demonstrated utilize principals of neuromuscular responses that have been the focus of research that has been conducted over the past year and are some of the techniques used in a process called Kinematic IntegrationTM. This study has been supported by a large grant from Berklee College of Music, and has been conducted in collaboration with Assistant Professor Dustin Hardwick of the University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy. The essential finding of the study is that there is a clear relationship between hand activation and core strength and stability. 

Collaborative Approach to Musician's Wellness

Ruth Kasckow

Wednesday, June 28 10:45 - 11:45 AM in Room 1719

Musician's health is a shared concern because healing does not happen in isolation. Collaboration with a team of diverse practitioners improves musicians' health by focusing on the musician rather than the modality, encouraging communication, and treating the whole person. This workshop will show you how Andover Educators teaching Body Mapping can work together with movement and health practitioners to create a team, make referrals, and develop a common language through client-centered goals.

Ruth Kasckow, Collaborative Approach Musicians Wellness.pdf

Mapping the Movement Journey: Departures, Arrivals, and Points of Interest on the Way

Anita King

Wednesday, June 28 4:00 - 5:00 PM in Choral Room 1714

Creating a movement journey utilizing the entire body is the means to realizing the structure and emotion of the music in its complexity and particularity. The concept of "journey" implies a clear beginning, a trajectory that carries us through the landscape of the music, and a goal or end point. Of course, the "end" may be more or less final depending on the context, as, for example, the journey that clearly defines a motive within a phrase vs. the true end of a section. A well-conceived movement journey clarifies the lengths of individual notes, direction through a phrase, timing of transitions from one point to another and masked the strongest impression on the nervous system, insuring that we learn faster and perform with greater command and consistency. 

Connecting the Part to the Whole: The Arms

Anita King

Tuesday, June 27 10:45 - 11:45 AM in Choral Room 1715

Focusing on the relationship of the arms to the torso and legs, this session explores the means for optimal coordination of the arms in practice and performance. Making a comparison to musical structure, where notes and rhythms are organized in relation to the music's slower elements, the movement of the arm structure are organized and supported in relation to the body's core. Topics include: how parts of the body move simultaneously at different speeds; the role of sequential movement in coordinating legs, torso and arms; how to keep the arm structure in continuous relation to the whole body; developing the tactile sense to clarify one's boundary with the instrument; mapping the distance from the fingertip to the rest of the body.



King, Connecting the Part to the Whole, The Arms, Session Summary.pdf

King, Session Abstracts, revised June 16.pdf


Practical Applications of Biotensegrity Concepts to Body Mapping Practices

Melanie Sever

Wednesday, June 28 10:45 - 11:45 AM in Room 1713

Demystifying basic biotensegrity concepts and how they can apply directly to working with Body Mapping principles and practices. Through lecture and demonstration, attendees will have a chance to witness and be guided in observing through the lens of biotensegrity the role of fascia in this paradigm and what it can bring to our traditional practice of Body Mapping. Correlations to current Body Mapping concepts and deeper understanding of accepted principles will be explored in more depth, and may have immediate application to both full course offerings and one-on-one work. 


Sever, Session Notes for Practical Applications of Biotensegrity Concepts_ Sever.pdf

Moving and Mapping - Taketina Meets Body Mapping

Exploring Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit Through Dynamic Rhythm

Cynthia McGladrey and Mary Kogen

Sunday, June 25 2:45-3:45 in Band Room 1715

Mary Kogen and Cynthia McGladrey have created a collaborative teaching of Body Mapping and Taketina Moving and Mapping. This session will describe the development and application of this teaching. Participants will be invited to explore balance of the mind and body through the rhythmic movement of Taketina. Taketina is a rhythmic process that involves a facilitator, a drummer and a group of people who are singing, stepping and clapping simultaneously. Moving and Mapping invites the participant to learn Body Mapping concepts, such as core support and places of balance, while moving rhythmically. This collaboration teaching allows the participant to enhance inclusive awareness as new Body Mapping concepts are explored with the movement of Taketina. Music is rhythm and movement!


McGladrey Kogan, Moving and Mapping Conference handout.pdf

Towards a Model for Musicians' Occupational Health Education at Tertiary Level in South Africa, with Emphasis on the Role of Body Mapping in the Somatic Education Component

Bridget Rennie-Salonen

Tuesday, June 27 10:45 - 11:45 AM in Room 1719

The purpose of this presentation is to explore a model of musicians' occupational health education, influenced by Judy Palac's work, and to demonstrate how this framework could be applicable at tertiary institutions in South Africa. A descriptive analysis will elaborate on the three components of Palac's collaborative model: medical professionals diagnose and treat musicians with music-related physical or psychological disorders; music teachers provide pedagogy that is founded on sound musical, psychological and biomechanics principles; movement and somatic specialists provide knowledge of the body in music making. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of Body Mapping in the somatic education component.


Bridget Rennie-Salonen handout.pdf

Body Mapping for Music Ministers

Bridget Jankowski

Monday, June 26 1:30-2:30 PM in Room 1715

Music Ministers can require a different approach to Body Mapping concepts. Their "audiences" don't usually purchase tickets to their performances nor necessarily come specifically to hear them perform. Most don't even perform "in front" of said audience. Many are told the nature of their work means that they should not consider themselves performers at all. This session will help music ministers understand the importance of embracing their role as performers in the context of their ministry and will include specific information on awareness:

Internal Awareness - physical, emotional and spiritual

External Awareness - fellow musicians and the assembly

Inclusive Awareness - incorporating all of the above with a clear musical intention

Body Mapping with Children

Bridget Jankowski and colleagues

Wednesday, June 28 4:00 - 5:00 PM in Room 1713

Join Andover-Educators teachers of young children to learn how they incorporate Body Mapping concepts into their teaching particularly to those under the age of 10. We will hear presentations and idea from Jennifer Johnson, Kay Hooper, James Blumer, Teri Slade, and Bridget Jankowski. Many presentations will include video of their teaching actual lessons in their home studios. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Building Awareness with Movement Explorations

Vanessa Breault Mulvey and Kelly Mollnow Wilson

Tuesday, June 27 10:45 - 11:45 AM in Room 1713

Experience the movement explorations used to enrich the experience of conservatory students in WEM courses at Longy School of Music, New England Conservatory and Oberlin Conservatory. The movements are designed to encourage whole body movement connections and allow students to learn to discern movement quality. Movement explorations were a favorite part of each class, many require a yoga mat and floor space, some require props such as tennis balls. These experiences are more appropriate for multiple session classes where there is time to explore movement in more depth, away from instruments. 


A Real Warm-up

Lea Pearson

Wednesday, June 28 10:45-11:45 AM in Choral Room 1714

This workshop employs practical physical warm-ups to teach mapping of the arm structure and introduce whole-body movement before playing. From arm swings to shoulder rolls, lunges, and stretches, warming up the while body is essential to free movement. Participants will walk away with 7 learned exercises to teach mapping of arm joints, rotations, and support for arms. These exercises energize the body and breath, free up the arm structure, improve circulation to the hands, and help musicians understand the important role the legs have in supporting free arm movement. 


Pearson,arms warmups.pdf

Strategies for Incorporating Body Mapping into Your Teaching

Kelly Mollnow Wilson

Monday, June 26 1:30 - 2:30 PM in Room 1719

This session will share practical information about how to successfully introduce basic body mapping fundamentals to students of all ages and abilities. The amount of new information one typically learns in a WEM course can seem overwhelming and this session will help teachers identify key concepts that can be introduced easily and quickly. These body mapping basics can also be used by Licensed Andover Educators who are putting together shorter, introductory courses or learning how to work with students in a master class setting where time is limited.

Applying Body Mapping Concepts in the Violin/Viola Studio

James Blumer

Wednesday, June 28 2:45 - 3:45 PM in Choral Room 1714

In this presentation, we will be taking concepts from the What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body Course and exploring their applications to violin and viola playing. Some topics that will be covered include: sound production, left hand technique, playing stance and set up, the use of the arms, and common mismappings. Bringing your instrument is highly encouraged as you will have the opportunity to try out each concept in real time. This workshop will be geared toward studio teachers but could potentially benefit the performer and other string players as well! 

The Measurable Effects of Body Mapping on Piano Performance
Teri Slade
Monday, June 26 9:30 - 10:30AM in Band Room 1715

Though many musicians claim Body Mapping has improved their abilities in music performance, little research has been conducted to determine whether this is the case. A study at University of Ottawa Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory is exploring

the music performance of pianists before and after the workshop, “What Every Pianist Needs to Know About the Body.” Empirical data collected through MIDI and audio recording will be analyzed using techniques established in music performance research to determine whether changes have occurred. This will be the first study to use empirical data and quantitative methods to examine the effects of Body Mapping.

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