Barbara Conable grew up on a farm in central Illinois and was educated at the University of Illinois. Her books (available from GIA) are about the theory and practice of Body Mapping: How to Learn the Alexander Technique, What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body, and The Structures and Movement of Breathing. Her DVD, Move Well, Avoid Injury, is also available from GIA. Barbara is the founder of Andover Educators (www.bodymap.org), a network of music teachers saving, securing, and enhancing musical careers with accurate information about the body in movement. Now in retirement from teaching, Barbara writes books on other subjects. Her light opera aMusement, written with co-author Matthew B. Zrebski and composed by Lisa Marsh of Portland State University will enjoy a full production in the next year or two.