Applied anatomy in the studio : body mapping and clarinet pedagogy

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Shawn L. Copeland (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kelly Burke

Abstract: "Current literature in clarinet pedagogy does not accurately and sufficiently describe the coordinated use of the body in the act of clarinet playing. Some sources are dated while others present inaccurate anatomical and physiological information. Body Mapping is a supportive study associated with the teaching of the Alexander Technique, developed by William Conable. Recently, many sources have been published relating to the study of Body Mapping. These new sources are available to teachers who are interested in incorporating Body Mapping into their pedagogy. To date, no source specifically relates Body Mapping to clarinetists or clarinet teaching. The purpose of this research was to adapt existing information on Body Mapping, making it specific to clarinet teaching and performance. A thorough survey of existing literature relating to clarinet pedagogy and Body Mapping has been conducted. Specific fallacies and errors have been identified within the pedagogical literature, with emphasis on breathing, sitting and standing with balance and supporting the clarinet. Body Mapping information has been adapted to address the specific pedagogical needs of clarinet players and teachers. This adaptation was conducted through close analysis of Body Mapping and anatomy texts and includes anatomical sketches, drawings and pictures."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

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Language: English
Date: 2007
clarinet, clarinet pedagogy, clarinet playing, Body Mapping, Alexander Technique, William Conable, clarinet teaching, music education

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