Group Lessons

David Nesmith will travel anywhere to introduce and teach the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping. These workshops may be for a homogenous group such as musicians (see below) or for diverse groups of individuals from any walk of life. The process will be tailored to meet the needs of those present.

What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body©
The Practical Application of Body Mapping to Making Music

For detailed information about this course, visit Andover Educators, http://www.bodymap.org. (opens a new window)

To bring this course to an academic setting, consider these Residency Options.

ONE DAY

Option A: The full course, What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body© (six hours) with a lunch or dinner break.

Option B: A one to three-hour introduction to Body Mapping and Alexander Technique principles, plus private lessons and/or studio class coaching.

TWO DAYS

The full course taught over two days (3 hours per day), plus private lessons and/or studio class coaching.

THREE DAYS

The full course taught over three days (2 hours per day), plus private lessons and/or studio class coaching.

FOUR DAYS

The full course taught over three days (2 hours per day) with review and follow up on the fourth day, plus private lessons and/or studio class coaching.

FIVE DAYS

The full course taught completely on the first day (or first and second), then again on the last day (or last two days). Sessions on the middle day(s) would be set aside for individual lessons or individual turns in master classes.

Where courses have been presented by David Nesmith:

  • Arlington, MA (Boston area musicians).
  • Bowling Green State University (string players).
  • Capital University, Conservatory of Music, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Eastern Mennonite University, Music Dept., Harrisonburg, Virginia.
  • Greater Cleveland Flute Association, Ohio.
  • Kent State University, Dept. of Music, Kent, Ohio.
  • Lane Community College, Fine Arts Dept., Eugene, Oregon.
  • New England Conservatory, Piano Preparatory Division.
  • Norfolk, Virginia (musicians of the Virginia Symphony).
  • Annual Symposium of the International Horn Society. Athens, GA.
    What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body© How to stand and sit while playing; the structures and movement of breathing. Co-presented with Barbara Conable.

The Alexander Technique

is a simple and practical method of improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and co-ordination.

It enhances performance and is therefore a valued tool for actors, dancers and musicians.

Practice of the Technique refines and heightens kinesthetic sensitivity, offering the performer a control which is fluid and lively rather than rigid.

It provides a means whereby the use of a part --- a voice or an arm or a leg --- is improved by improving the use of the whole body.

from How to Learn the Alexander Technique by Barbara Conable and William Conable

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