January 25, 2016

Body mapping clinic is Jan. 30

An opportunity to improve body awareness for musicians is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, in the School of Music.

A “Body Mapping Clinic,” with Andrée Martin is from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Altgeld Hall. The clinic will bring awareness to tension habits, and teach body mapping for musicians through lecture, discussion, group activities and playing or singing. Martin is a professor at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music.

Body mapping trains participants to rely on their own skeletal structure to support their weight and allow for effortless movement, offering musicians a wider diversity of tone color, a better control of dynamic range and arm freedom. This provides freer technique, stronger endurance, and better clarity and speed of articulation. Having whole body awareness, which is also part of the workshop, increases understanding of performance health through injury prevention and aids in reducing performance anxiety.

The workshop is free. For more information, contact Jessica Butler, lecturer, in the School of Music, at j.butler@siu.edu.