006 Every Sing: Marieke Schuurs on Body Mapping and Alexander Technique
Marieke started to consider Alexander Technique and Body Mapping after attending the Voice Care Network in Minnesota in the 1990’s. After, she started working with Barbara Connable on Body Mapping.
Cathey Madden - Seattle Alexander Teacher, UW Drama dept.
Certification in Body Mapping from Andover Educators and is a certified Alexander Technique Teacher from Alexander Technique International
At the beginning the teacher has to build a bridge from the student’s understanding to what Body Mapping can teach
The Fundamental tenant of Alexander is that you have an overall use of yourself, it might be really good, really poor, or somewhere in-between, from things that you do, or habitual postures. If your general use is poor, it effects everything you do and everything you do is more arduous, more labored and puts pressure on the joints. So the more you can bring somebody into easier, smoother coordination then everything they do becomes more fluid. Improve the core use and then everything else gets effect after that.
In improving physical technique, unpack the habit (what are the little steps). The word “singing” becomes the trigger for the habit. On a neuro-physical level, as soon as they think of singing their system goes into a whole system of neurological responses. Our body’s do that all the time. The habits start so fast that sometimes it can’t be stopped. To teach a singer to be aware of the moment before they start, ask them to think about singing but don’t start, then do it again, and again, and notice the habits. It gives them the opportunity to stop the habit and create new ones.
When you are moving well according to your structural-muscular design, then the quality of your movement becomes easier, lighter, and more fluid.
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