Andover Educators
Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

B.M., Honors Performance Degree, Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina
Licensed Andover Educator, 2005
Andover Educator® Sponsoring Teacher, 2010
Author, What Every Violinist Needs to Know About the Body (GIA Publications, 2009)

Region: Canada
Home State: Newfoundland
Available for:  * workshops * individual lessons

Jennifer held the position of principal second violin of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and second violin of the Atlantic String Quartet for twelve years. During that time, she performed regularly with artists of international acclaim including Krystof Penderecki, Dennis Brott, Patrick Gallois, Rivka Golani, and Anton Kuerti. In 2004, a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts funded a 7-month Alexander Technique sabbatical for Jennifer which permitted her to study throughout Europe and the United States with many of the world’s leading Alexander Technique teachers. Some of these teachers included Pedro de Alcantara, Alex and Joan Murray, Walter Carrington and Barbara Conable. Jennifer went on to train with Barbara Conable and in 2005 became Canada’s first Licensed Andover Educator.

She now presents Body Mapping workshops internationally working with musicians who are interested in learning to enhance their musical ability and to prevent injury through a clear understanding of how their bodies are designed to move. She is an Andover Educator Sponsoring Teacher.

Principal Second Violin, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, 1993-2005
Second Violin, Atlantic String Quartet, 1993-2005

Upcoming Events

Private Body Mapping Lessons and Public Workshops

Location: Volute Service, 95th St. W, Manhattan, NYC
Date/Time: March 9-14, 2020

I look forward to my semi-annual Body Mapping workshop in NYC during the week of March 9-14 and to working with the NYC players who are learning to move and play with more ease and according to the anatomical design of the body. There will be an introductory 3-hr. workshop featuring highlights of the What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body Course (details still TBD). In addition to the workshop, I will be offering private lessons as well. Please contact me at jennifer [at] bodymap [dot] org to arrange lessons.

Body Mapping Highlights/Master Classes

Location: Blair Suzuki School/ Vanderbilt University
Date/Time: March 15-16

I look forward to working with the pre-college students of the Blair Suzuki School and the college students from Vanderbilt’s Music School in Nashville, Tennessee during the second week of March, 2020. Also included will be a wonderful chance to give an introductory talk to the parents in the wonderful Suzuki Program there.

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body 6-hr. Course

Location: University of Montreal
Date/Time: April 5, 10:00- 5:00

As a part of a French-Canadian book tour to promote the publication in french of my second book Teaching Body Mapping to Children, I will be presenting the full Body Mapping Course at the University of Montreal on Sunday, April 5th. (French translation by Claire Stefani, published by L’Editions Vandevelve/Lemoine in Paris).

American String Teachers Association

Location: Hyatt Regency, Orlando FL
Date/Time: March 6, 8:15-10:30

Dr. Judy Palac and I will be co-presenting at ASTA 2020 in Orlando Fl during the first week of March. Our 2-hr. presentation is called “Where Do My Shoulders Belong?”: Preventing Common Injuries in String Players by Mapping Upper Arm Balance” and will explore in great depth the most common mismappings that cause discomfort, injury and limitation in string players. We will help participants to re-map their upper arm structure according to the true design of the body in order to provide more freedom and ease in playing.

Teaching Body Mapping to Children at MMEA

Location: Tan-Tar-A Resort and Conference Centre, MO
Date/Time: January 24, 3:15 & Jan. 25 , 9:30

I am honoured to be an invited speaker at the Missouri Music Educators Association annual conference just outside of Kansas City, MO. The presentation on Jan. 24 is an introduction to Body Mapping plus a master class. Saturday, Jan. 25′s presentation is called Teaching Body Mapping to Children and will focus on the most common injuries and the red flags to watch out for in order to prevent injury in our students.

Course Participants' Comments

"Thanks again for offering the wonderful course. I’m much more aware of what’s going on with movement as I play and I look forward to further exploration of the map."

"Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me. It has made such a difference. I can play again, something I thought I was never going to be able to enjoy again….I owe my university degree to you!"

"When I am consciously thinking about and applying what I learned in the course the pain almost instantly disappears…The more difficult passages where I would often become a little more tense are feeling much freer, thus allowing for a sound that is freer."

"I enjoyed the workshop very much and found the information very interesting and useful. I think this is critical information for music teachers and hope we can have you present some of this to our pedagogy classes next year."