About the Course
What You Will Learn
SECTION 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.
SECTION 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.
SECTION THREE: YOUR FOUR ARM JOINTS AND HOW TO USE THEM
The four main arm joints; the organization of the arm; support for arm movement.
SECTION FOUR: THE MOVEMENT OF BREATHING
Mapping the structures of breathing and the movement of breathing, including a dynamic core.
SECTION 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 core; dynamic leg movement as support for playing.
SECTION SIX: HOW TO
Individual work with instruments.
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
A six-hour course designed to set participants on a path of self-evaluation and change by discovering and refining their body map. The course is based on the premise that movement is required for making music. Musicians must become aware of their movements and think of both their music and themselves from a movement perspective. Body maps exist in our brains and govern our movement. If one’s body map is accurate, movement is easy and efficient; if inaccurate, movement is inefficient, often uncomfortable and can potentially result in injury.
Body Mapping is an essential component in music education and will help musicians have increasing pleasure and proficiency while becoming and remaining free of injury and pain through a lifetime of performing.