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

“Body Mapping: Prevent and Address Arm Injuries and Limitations in Your Students by Mapping the Whole Arm and its Support From the Torso,”

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, Hyatt Regency
Date/Time: 4:40-5:30 , March 9, 2018

This presentation is for the American String Teachers of America National Conference in Atlanta and will be on March 9, 2018. The presentation will focus on common arm injuries and how to prevent them by teaching our students accurate anatomical information about the arms in movement.

What Every String Player Needs to Know About the Body

Location: TBA
Date/Time: January 21, 2018, 9:00-6:00

This will be on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for the Maryland/D.C. ASTA chapter.
It is an offering of the full WEM course especially for string players. Covered will be information on retraining movement, senses, and attention, preventing arm injury, standing and sitting balanced, preventing neck and back injury, healthy breathing for string players and musically appropriate leg movement. Also included will be a master class in order to apply the information in a more practical manner.

Body Mapping for New York Phil’s Zarin Mehta Fellowship Program

Location: Kennedy Centre, NYC, David Geffen Hall
Date/Time: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00-1:00

The Global Academy of the West works with the NY Phil to help young professional musicians improve their skills. For the last 3 years, they have included a 2-hour Body Mapping workshop in their curriculum. The presentations include highlights from the full WEM Course such as how to move in ways to prevent tendinitis, neck pain, lower back pain etc. We work with individuals and their instruments so the participants leave the workshop feeling confident in how to apply the information in their private practicing. Anatomical models and images are used to retrain movement, senses and attention.

“Body Mapping for the String Orchestra: Teaching Students to Stop Moving Against their Own Design to Prevent Injury and Sound Great!”

Location: Chicago, ILL.
Date/Time: December 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

This will be the first Body Mapping for Strings ever presented at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. The Midwest Clinic is one of the largest music education conferences in the world with 17,000 participants from over 30 countries. The presentation will be 1 hour and will cover all of the most common mismappings that lead string orchestra players into injury, discomfort and limitation and will demonstrate ways for orchestra directors to teach their students how to move in healthier ways while playing.

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."