Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute Inc.

Student Institute Aug. 7–12 | Teacher Development Aug. 6–14, 2022 | In Person at WLU & Online

Seminar in Body Mapping

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Monday August 8 at 7 pm CANCELLED
with Amber Ghent (ON)

Finding ease and enjoyment through Body Mapping
Open to all music educators, parents, and students 12+ interested in learning about the most important instrument—your body! This information will help you uncover more fluidity, coordination and ease in your playing. Musicians are often unaware or confused about how our bodies make movement in order to play our instrument. We move in the way we think we are constructed (consciously or unconsciously) and when these mental representations are faulty they and lead to discomfort, injury, and pain. Body mapping uses practical anatomy, retrains movement, and importantly develops awareness to regain accurate body maps and increase movement choices. This technique is informed by the latest neuroscience about how the brain produces movement, and it has helped hundreds of musicians play with more ease and heal themselves of injury and pain.

Come meet Fred the skeleton, watch videos of beautiful movers, learn to palpate (feel) structures in your body, and dress comfortably for movement on the floor (space allowing) and at your instrument. This exploratory session will address common complaints experienced by musicians and will be designed according to the requests received in this questionnaire SOSI 2022 Body Mapping Questionnaire (office.com). This year we will be sure to touch on breathing, an often overlooked and essential element of movement that impacts everything you do at the instrument.

“Leo has started playing and learning pieces with no pain!! He is doing great, and we are so grateful. The Body Mapping work has been revolutionary. His writing is also neater, which his teacher has noticed as a result of the Body Mapping.”
- Masha Kazakevich (Suzuki parent)

“I've played piano for over fifty years, and I've had my share of injuries. This is not just a way of preventing injuries; it gives you the knowledge you need to make playing—and just living—easier.”
- Philip Clark (Pianist, Chamber Music at Port Milford)

“Thank you. I have body map books, but nothing beats this. The belly-breathing mystery was solved. Loved that you took time with palpating, as it's quite tricky and immensely helpful when found. Collarbone and scapula relationship was so eye-opening. Very helpful that you wore less material! Thinking shoulder blades not at the back was revolutionary for me. Also, the arc of the wrist bones - didn't know. Fascia was fascinating. So much to uncover I had to take three pauses! Grateful for the video. Please definitely continue the classes.”
- Sarah Fraser-Raff (professional violinist)

For more information about Body Mapping Lessons, please visit amberghent.com/body-mapping

Seminar Fee: $50 CDN

A limited number of Private Lessons will be available, first come, first served. Please register in advance to reserve a lesson between your other scheduled classes. Private 30-minute lesson fee: $56.50 CDN.

If you are a Teacher Development Participant, you can include the seminar on the TD application form. Students can choose to take the Seminar on their regular application form. Parents and teachers should use a String or Piano application form and select SEMINAR for your Program.
Leo has started playing and learning pieces with no pain!! He is doing great and we are so grateful. The Body Mapping work has been revolutionary. His writing is also neater, which his teacher has noticed, as a result of the Body Mapping.
Masha Kazakevich