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 this fun and dynamic class, 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
what is embodiment?
Embodiment is an exciting new field of study, with numerous useful approaches. For our purposes we define it as “The skill of perceiving, identifying with, and expressing the internal state of the body in the present moment.”
To speak in a grounded way about this subject, it helps to develop artful connections between different scientific modes:
From the perspective of embryology, how did this body form itself in the first place? What are the deep kinships between the body’s various tissues, and can awareness of these kinships instigate a richer experience of them?
From the perspective of somatic psychology, embodiment depends on certain conscious and subconscious processes. Are you aware of sensory changes in your body? Do you respond to them as gifts, as nuisances, as threats? Are you able to relate dynamically with other bodies, and with space?
From the perspective of neuroscience, the key processes are interoception, proprioception, and affective self-regulation. Where is the body in space? What are its physiologic signals? How does the brain integrate what it feels and how it feels about that information? Under what conditions do these brain systems learn/adapt? There is tremendous complexity in this field, but we can draw some careful inspiration for our daily embodiment practice.
continuing education certification
This 3-hour Online Continuing Education class is open to all clinicians, movement teachers, somatic educators, and artists.
This 5-hour Continuing Education class is open to all clinicians, movement teachers, somatic educators, body nerds and artists.
Both meet the WA state CE requirements for physical therapy and massage therapy.
Saturday November 6th
11:00AM - 4:00PM
In-Person with Livestreamed Option for Virtual Attendees
Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Ste 300
Seattle, WA 98103
what to expect
There are two methods for attending this class: virtually and physically. Please read the ticket descriptions during checkout and choose the best option for yourself.
Once registered, attendees will:
receive pre-class videos via email to watch in preparation
option 1: virtual (11am-1pm)
a Zoom link will be provided for a livestreamed class with lecture, demo, and QA session
option 2: in-person (11am-4pm)
attend class which includes the above lecture, a 1 hour lunch break, and a 2 hour hands-on demo/practice session
receive a follow-up quiz to grant you a Continuing Education Certificate for completion
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