Body Mapping in the Studio

Seek more ways to maximize your students’ potential?

Want to help students prevent injury?

Frustrated by students’ unnecessary limitations?

Have a student who can’t seem to learn a certain technique even though you’ve tried every possible way to explain it?


Enroll now in BODY MAPPING IN THE STUDIO, where you will learn to:

  • Increase your ability to understand and solve the problems that are limiting your students
  • Discover the underlying causes behind hand problems
  • Find effective ways to solve technique issues
  • Learn to assess how a student’s body use is affecting playing
  • Delve into the most effective and accurate way to teach breathing
  • Incorporate Body Mapping into your teaching, and see how easy it is to help students undo physical limitations and improve all aspects of their playing.
  • Access free online handouts and workbooks; participate in a chat forum


Why Body Mapping

Often, when students are having trouble succeeding at a certain aspect of playing, there is an underlying misconception, or mis-mapping of an area of the body that makes it impossible for them to change their playing without changing the body map.

Mapping issues that are common among most players include:  learning how the spine supports standing and sitting; clarifying the anatomy of breathing; understanding how the arm structure is supported by the whole body; letting go of excess tension and overwork in the upper body; bringing an inclusive attention to performing to lessen anxiety.

How this course will help you

By participating in this online monthly course, you will be able to:

  • Assess and solve students’ physical limitations
  • Improve your own body use – increase energy and reduce fatigue
  • Create a studio that promotes health and prevents injury
  • Discuss strategies and methods with other teachers
  • Get feedback and guidance on incorporating Body Mapping in your teaching
  • See the methods in action with students


The course is applicable to teachers of all levels, from newly minted to university level, as students of all ages and levels of ability respond well to Body Mapping strategies. They immediately understand how important it is to use the body in ways that it is designed to work.

Timeframe: 8 Monthly meetings, September through May




In monthly online webinars, studio teachers will deepen their knowledge of Body Mapping techniques and strategies, discuss and share what they are currently doing in the studio, and see the strategies in action with live students. The course will directly address teachers’ questions.

This course is designed for studio teachers of any instrument who have studied Body Mapping. It will be most fruitful for people who have taken the whole Body Mapping course and had a few private lessons. Two-way video conferencing will allow teachers to interact. The last 20 minutes of each class will feature 2 students of participating teachers in a short master class format.


Hand problems                   Upper body tension                   Teaching strategies

Breathing capacity                   Posture and position                   Auditions and performance anxiety


WHEN: 8 classes, Sunday evenings, 8 to 9:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

September 27, October 4, November 15, December 6, January 10, February 7, March 13, April 10, May 8. Course will be recorded for viewing at a later date if you have to miss a session.

BONUS class TBA.


PLATFORM: Adobe Connect, works on any device or operating system



September: Movement, Mapping, and Motivation

  • Start the year off by getting your students excited about understanding how their bodies create sound. Help them access their current body maps, explore the many kinds of movement that enhance performance, and establish motivation in learning.
  • Introduction to posture and position

October: Practicing

  • Help students explore the most effective ways of using their brains and bodies to learn music more deeply.
  • Introduction to arm use and upper body tension

November: Juries, recitals, and self-judgment

  • Help students prepare for upcoming performances by improving awareness of body use, identifying habits that get in the way, and toning down their self-judgment.
  • Introduction to breathing

January: Midyear assessment

  • How to reevaluate your students
  • Follow-up on breathing

February: Teaching Body Mapping

  • Improving your own body use – reducing fatigue and discomfort
  • Follow up on posture and position

March: Follow-up on arm use and upper body tension

  • Improving technique

April: What’s on your mind?

  • Topics selected by the participants.

May: Self-evaluation and review

  • What have you learned and how is it serving you?
  • Strategies for next year.

If you have had some exposure to Body Mapping either through books or classes, this course is perfect for you. You will be able to bring what you already know to a higher level to help your students achieve their goals.


      $287. Payable in advance or in 3 installments of $100 each; September, January, March


Limited to 16 participants