embodied anatomy


about the course

create perceptual depth in

your musical practice & performance


Join anatomist-musician Michael Hamm LMP CCST for this experiential tour of the body-as-instrument. Learn what architecture makes us capable of resonance, poise, and presence. Reduce your pain and injury. Develop true embodiment in your daily music-making.

Musicians depend on a mind-body connection for their precision, expression, endurance, and enjoyment. Teachers of music use perceptual cues to guide students into the right mental frame.

But often the imagery we employ is divorced from the living body. We seek mastery of our muscles at the cost of feeling at home in them. We use idealized models and dissective anatomy. These can lead to many blind alleys in our technical learning -- not to mention pain, negative body image, and musical dysphoria.

Can we do better? In these fun and dynamic 2-hr classes we will come to know the body as it really develops -- and we will learn to embody it as a vital part of musical practice/performance.

We will weave together insights from modern embryology, fascia science, and somatic neuroscience, as well as evidence-based recommendations for the best care of the musician's body.


  • Therapeutic movement based on embryogenesis and exercise science

  • Guided awareness exercises based on somatic neuroscience

  • Self-Massage methods to prime the sensory system and improve sensation

  • Breathing/Vocalizing techniques based on real-world diaphragm/vocal anatomy 


continuing education certification


  • This 3-hour Continuing Education class is open to clinicians, movement teachers, somatic educators, and artists. It meets the WA state CE requirements for physical therapy and massage therapy.


NOTE: THIS VERSION IS ONLINE ONLY, but entitles you to attend a later in-person component (typically held in Seattle, WA)

You can expect the following to successfully complete the class​:

  • Watch two 10-15 minute pre-videos prior to class

  • Attend a live web class with lecture, demo, and QA session (link provided via email post-registration). A recording of the session will be provided at the end of class.

    • To participate you will need a phone or a webcam-enabled computer, and be available to participate in a focused way during the live class.

  • Complete a follow-up quiz to grant you a Continuing Education certificate

upcoming series







related content

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Sensorimotor Grounding of Musical Embodiment and the Role of Prediction: A Review

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Naturalistic music and dance: Cortical phase synchrony in musicians and dancers

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Changes in the representation of space and time while listening to music

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Increase in Synchronization of Autonomic Rhythms between Individuals When Listening to Music

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