Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Winning Drawing from Las Vegas; Body Mapping

QUADRE is back from Las Vegas. It was a smashing success. The concerts went very well. The lectures were informative. And we got to try out a lot of different horns and mutes in the exhibit hall. Our booth in the exhibit hall had a chance for one lucky individual to win a CD by signing up for our mailing list.

After returning to Mountain View I put all the mailing list names in a basket (about 20). Wen-Liang Chung, our Tuesday volunteer, drew the winning name. And the winner is Brian O'Connor, the horn professor for UCLA. Now the fact that I went to UCLA may seem fishy, but I'll say that it was a very fair process. Congratulations to Brian. Maybe we'll get a chance to play at UCLA very soon. Hmmm.

One of those informative lectures at the US Western Horn Symposium in Las Vegas was on body mapping led by Dr. Stephen Caplan, the oboe professor at UNLV and a certified Andover Educator.

A BODY MAP is the brain's map of the body including structure, function and size. When our physical self-representation is adequate and accurate, then our movement is effective and safe. BODY MAPPING is the conscious correcting and refining of one's body map to produce efficient, graceful, coordinated, and effective movement. He goes on to say that "as musicians recover the integrity of their body maps, the quality of their musical performance significantly improves."

I found that my sound got even better when I applied his principles. To learn more visit www.bodymap.org.

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