This easy-to-read, pastoral introduction to body mapping will interest musicians of all abilities and experience. With dozens of figures—drawings as well as photos—the author deftly explains the integral structures of the human body and their use in music making without sounding like an anatomy textbook. Her practical applications of the “body map” will be most welcome to singers, pianists, organists, and others and will leave them eager to know more. —Meg Matuska, Pastoral Music Magazine, September 2017
Body Mapping for Music Ministers is devoted to helping pastoral musicians find ease, efficiency, and embodiment in their ministry. Like the popular What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body by Barbara Conable, this book offers principles that will protect a pastoral musician from injury, promote the physical freedom and sensitivity for technical mastery, and secure the embodied intelligence that grounds musical power and subtlety.
This book also offers a deeper understanding of the connectedness between the pastoral music minister and the assembly, the shared purpose of celebrating the Mass together, and the complete awareness necessary to be fully present to oneself, the work of the Holy Spirit, and the Lord. As author Bridget Jankowski states, “we can’t be fully present to the Lord until we are fully present to ourselves.”
Topics covered include: cantors, the assembly, handbell choirs, pianists who play the organ, movement, balance, breath, and much more.
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