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Students will develop a body of knowledge that includes basic principles of physiology, anatomy and somatic learning (Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Classes), which are applicable to performing and teaching music performance. Students will receive thorough training in theoretical concepts and practical applications of human movement studies pertinent to a wide range of physiological concerns, ranging from both instrument-specific and general postural issues, to repetitive strain injury (RSI) prevention. Through understanding the underlying causes and the effects of habitual postural patterns, participants are challenged to consider new ways of thinking about the physical side of performing and teaching music performance.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- Understand the broad principles of physiology and anatomy that are applicable to music performance and music performance teaching;
- Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the physiological concerns facing performers and music educators;
- Critically reflect on the root causes of physiological problems, and the effects these have upon the practice of performing and teaching music performance;
- Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and provide practical solutions for physiological concerns facing performers and music educators; and
- Demonstrate cognitive and observational skills to evaluate, analyse and theorise about movement patterns in relation to cause and effect and function and quality.
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate skills in cooperation, observation and communication;
- demonstrate the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
- demonstrate skills in evaluative thinking, and in the application of theoretical criteria to practical outcomes;
- demonstrate analytical skills in the context of human movement.
Last updated: 6 December 2019