In 1998, Bridget Jankowski was the first person to become a Licensed Body Mapping Educator after logging more than 150 hours of training with noted Alexander Technique teacher and Body Mapping pioneer Barbara Conable. Bridget is an original member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Body Mapping Education (formerly Andover Educators) and served as its President from 2013 to 2017.
In 2019, she was presented with the prestigious Barbara Conable Teaching Award in recognition of her exemplary teaching, innovative ideas, support to colleagues, active involvement in Andover Educators, and personal growth.
Mrs. Jankowski has given Body Mapping presentations and workshops for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Oberlin College Conservatory, The Cleveland Institute of Music and Aquinas College, among others. She is on the faculty and teaches the full course each summer as part of the Indianapolis Arts and Music Festival and is available to visit your organization or school.
A six-hour course designed to set participants on a path of self-evaluation and change by discovering and refining their body map. The course is based on the premise that movement is required for making music. Musicians must become aware of their movements and think of both their music and themselves from a movement perspective. Body maps exist in our brains and govern our movement. If one’s body map is accurate, movement is easy and efficient; if inaccurate, movement is inefficient, often uncomfortable and can potentially result in injury. Body Mapping is an essential component in music education and will help musicians have increasing pleasure and proficiency while becoming and remaining free of injury and pain through a lifetime of performing.
The health and wellness of Music Ministers is often neglected, but self-care is essential to good ministry. Based on the premise that helathy movement is necessary for healthy musicianship, musicians must become aware of their movements and think of both their music and themselves from a movement perspective. Body Mapping for Music Ministers gives musicians the tools to gain ease and freedom in their playing and singing, but also leads to a heightened awareness of themselves, their fellow musicians, including the assembly, and their intention. Musicians who work in this fully-embodied state are better equipped for the duities of their ministry. You can't be fully present to the Lord until you are fully present to yourself.
Choral Mapping is a workshop designed to give conductors the tools to lead their choirs to healthy, movement-based choral singing. The workshop is in two parts, the first covers balance of the body in standing and singing, the second covers the structures and movements of breathing as related to healthy singing. The format is a series of short presentations followed by engaging, interactive explorations which actively involve the participants. Best for junior high, high school and adult choirs.