In reponse to the pandemic and at the request of numerous choir directors the world over, Bridget Jankowski leads the Choral Mapping project.
Choral Mapping is a supplemental curriculum for choirs that can be used for either online or in person teaching. Using the concepts of Body Mapping, students are taught the movements of singing through videos and movement explorations. This curriculum offers a way to keep choirs engaged in their craft with or without actually singing.
Each lesson includes a short video teaching a Body Mapping concept, several suggested explorations, and suggestions for homework and evaluation. The Choral Mapping Community provides a facebook group and user forum to share ideas and get question answered from Licensed Body Mapping Educators.
Meet our Licensed Body Mapping Educators
Bridget Jankowski, Founder
Bridget Jankowski, founder of the Choral Mapping program, has been involved in somatic disciplines for nearly thirty years. In 1998, she was the first person to become a Licensed Body Mapping Educator under the direction of Barbara Conable. In 2019 the Association for Body Mapping Education awarded her the prestigious Barbara Conable Teaching Award. She is the author of Body Mapping for Music Ministers (GIA). She is the full-time Director of Music at St. Matthew Parish in Akron, Ohio where she directs an adult and children's choir and the cantor program. In addition, she maintains a private piano studio and is a sought-after accompanist in the Northeast Ohio area. She has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including as Immediate Past-President of the ABME Board. www.bridgetjankowski.com
Kay S. Hooper, M.M., is the owner/operator of the Kay S. Hooper Piano and Alexander Technique Studio in Selinsgrove, PA. She is an ATI Certified Alexander Technique Teacher and a Licensed Body Mapping Educator. She was named a 2018 Top Music Teacher by Steinway and Sons, and she has served as guest teacher at the Houston School for the Alexander Technique. Her recent presentations include Body Mapping for Music Educators as part of the 2018 Hartt School of Music Summerterm and featured master teacher for the 2018 Piano Day at Bloomsburg University. Her book, Sensory Tune-ups: a guided journal for performers of all ages, offers simple but powerful applications for increasing sensory awareness in practice and performance. Information about this book and Kay’s work can be found at www.allsensepress.com and on Facebook at Kay S. Hooper Alexander Technique and Performance Coaching.
Dr. Lea Pearson has been helping musicians find relief from pain and learn effective ways to move and play since 1998. One of the country's leading Body Mapping Specialists, she works with professional and amateur musicians as well as students and teachers ("Lea rhymes with "Sea.") Dr. Pearson is the author of Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flute Teacher Needs to Know about the Body and numerous articles in professional magazines. Those publications and her years of successful pain-relief outcomes with musicians have gained her international acclaim. She is a sought-after trainer and speaker and has presented and taught workshops at more than forty universities, military bases, conference and conventions throughout the world. More about her offerings can be found at musicminuspain.com.
Cynthia maintains an active studio teaching voice and Body Mapping for musicians in private sessions and workshops in Salem, Oregon. Cynthia is an emeritus instructor of studio voice, Body Mapping, assistant choral director and director of Handbell Ringers at George Fox University. She has been a licensed Body Mapping educator through the Association for Body Mapping Education since 2005 and is an ABME training mentor. Cynthia teaches throughout the northwest in workshops, master classes, and music educator consultations, specializing with vocal and handbell musicians. She has been a Body Mapping presenter with the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, the Handbell Musicians of America and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Her emphasis is sharing Body Mapping information with fellow musicians to promote balanced, efficient, and expressive movement for music educators and musicians of all ages. You may contact Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Likar, flute and piccolo, is a member of the Oakland Symphony and is a San Francisco Bay Area based performing and teaching artist. Equally at home in an orchestra, as a chamber musician or as a soloist, Amy is also a passionate and committed teacher of all ages. For almost twenty years she has been an innovator and educator as a teacher of Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique. She is the Director of Training for the Association of Body Mapping Education. Amy has been a soloist and guest artist at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe and a frequent performer and presenter at conferences and conventions throughout the world. She has been a Powell player for 23 years and is pleased to be a Powell Performing Artist. www.amylikar.com
Doug Johnson is a pianist and an educator, and is Associate Professor of Piano at the Berklee College of Music.Doug has performed or recorded with Esperanza Spalding, Luciana Souza, Phil Woods, Terry Lynne Carrington, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, Ingrid Jensen, Jason Palmer, Marty Erlich, the Jazz Composer’s Alliance, and Grace Kelly. Doug has performed and taught workshops extensively around the world. Doug has performed or recorded with Esperanza Spalding, Luciana Souza, Phil Woods, Terry Lynne Carrington, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, Ingrid Jensen, Jason Palmer, Marty Erlich, the Jazz Composer’s Alliance, and Grace Kelly. Doug has performed and taught workshops extensively around the world. Doug is a Licensed Body Mapping Educator (Body Mapping Certification) and a founding member of the Berklee Performance Wellness Institute. M.M from the New England Conservatory. www. dougjohnsonpiano.com