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

Full 6-Hour Course- What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body

Location: online
Date/Time: September 26-27, 2020, 10:30-3:00 (with a lunch break)

I am happy to be offering the full 6-Hour Course for any trainees who require it or wish to view it again; and  for any other musicians who want their first introduction to Body Mapping!

Saturday, Sept. 26 will be Introduction to the basic principles of Body Mapping, Balance and a start on Arms and Sunday 27th will finish Arms, then Breathing and Legs .  We will finish with an hour long master class in order to demonstrate how to take the mapping principles into practical application at the instrument.

To register please use the link below:


Body Mapping - Colette

Freeing Yourself from Chronic Neck and Shoulder Region Tension and Pain

Location: online
Date/Time: October 20-24, 2020, 10:30-11:30 EST

Jennifer with WEV- Collette's photo Photo Jennifer teaching BMG

I am delighted to be teaching Body Mapping for MusiciansThe Exhale October 20-24 , 10:30-11:30 EST/ 12:00-1:00 NL time. This time the focus will be helping musicians to address nagging neck and shoulder region pain through a clear understanding of weight delivery through the core of the body and how it supports the whole arm in neutral and also in free movement. For more information please email zen [at] the-exhale [dot] com. Full details of all October Exhale courses will be forthcoming next week. Hope to see you there!

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body

Location: online
Date/Time: October 10-11, 2020

Photo Jennifer teaching BMG

I will be offering the online full 6 hour Body Mapping Course on October 10-11, 2020, through McGill University. Starting with the foundational principles and moving from standing/sitting balance through the arms, breathing, legs and finishing with an online masterclass of students at McGill’s Schulich School of Music.



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."