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Body Mapping for the String Orchestra: Teaching Students to Stop Moving Against their Own Design to Prevent Injury and Sound Great!

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  • Help your string orchestra players prevent and overcome injuries and limitations by helping them correct harmful movement patterns.This interactive Body Mapping session focuses on teaching our students how the body is designed to move freely and easily and how we can access that freedom and a richer sound when we understand the body's true anatomical structure.Bring your instruments!
  • Jennifer Johnson (
  • 12/20/2017 01:15 PM - 02:15 PM
  • Meeting Room W186
  • Jennifer played as principal second violin of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and second violin of the Atlantic String Quartet for 12 years. Following an injury, she received a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts which funded a 7-month Alexander Technique sabbatical for Jennifer which permitted her to study with many of the world’s leading Alexander Technique teachers. She trained with Barbara Conable and now presents Body Mapping workshops internationally teaching musicians to enhance their musical ability and to prevent injury through a clear understanding of how their bodies are designed to move. She is on faculty of the New York Philharmonic Zarin Mehta Program and was the keynote speaker at the Australian String Teachers’ Association in Brisbane, Australia in 2015. Jennifer is also a Professional Associate at Memorial University of Newfoundland Music School where she teaches Body Mapping and violin. She also teaches for the Suzuki Talent Education Program of St. John’s. Jennifer has written two books: What Every Violinist Needs to Know about the Body and Teaching Body Mapping to Children.