The Musical Body

Learning Objective
The student will gain insight into the relation between making music and its effects on the musician’s body. He/she will become aware of the benefits of effective posture, breathing and training.

Course Content
Subjects include:
* anatomy, neurology; the musician’s body and its anatomy
* principles of training
* injuries: the spine, including head and neck; shoulders, arms, wrists, and fingers
* breathing techniques for musicians
* short-term and long-term stress: stress management
* auditory organs; the hearing
* lifestyle and its effects on the musician's body

Related Electives
Baroque Dance
* Music Theatre and Stage Performance
* The Musical Mind: Issues in Music Psychology
* Patterns of Performance: The Neuroscience of Improving Experts

Course details

teachers Marja Mosk, guest teachers
term September-December 2019
readings Erickson, A., and Pool, R., Peak: How All of Us Can Achieve Extraordinary Things. London: Penguin Random House, 2016.
  Levitin, D., The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. London: Penguin Random House, 2014.
  Rosset i Llobet, J., and Odam, G., The Musician's Body: a maintenance manual for peak performance. Londen: Ashgate/Guildhall School of Music, 2007. (Available in the library of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.)
  Watson, Alan H.D., The Biology of Musical Performance. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 2009. (Available in the library of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.)
assessment paper, take-home exam, course attendance
credits 5