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Body Mapping Bibliography

Buchanan, H. J., & Hays, T. (2014). The influence of body mapping on student musician’s performance experiences. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 15 (7).

In this qualitative study, the researcher-instructor gathered video, interviews, notes, and other documents from 12 student participants in her Body Mapping class, and 10 of their applied teachers, in order to examine how students perceived the effect of this instruction on their music-making. According to the authors,

The majority of the students reported a positive experience, stating that BMG enhanced their ability for musical expression (e.g. dynamics, phrasing, conveying emotional information), the ability to focus more easily on elements contributing to expressive outcomes, and facilitated greater personal confidence in being more musically expressive.

Chan, C; Driscoll, T & Ackermann, B. (2013). Can experienced observers detect postural changes in professional musicians after interventions? Conference paper, International Symposium on Performance Science.

In this study, the authors photographed individual musicians before and after a 10-week program in either exercise or the Alexander Technique. Experienced observers, either Alexander and/or Body Mapping teachers, or health professionals, observed the photos in a random order, each for a short amount of time. Results demonstrated that the Alexander/Body Mapping teacher group and the physical therapist group were significantly (i.e., not by chance) able to distinguish the before and after photos as pre and post intervention for either the exercise or Alexander intervention. The observer groups were also statistically equally able to do this. They observed no differences between the Alexander and the exercise group.