The Immediate Effects of Somatic Approach Workshops on the Body Usage and Musical Quality of Pianists

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Title: The Immediate Effects of Somatic Approach Workshops on the Body Usage and Musical Quality of Pianists
Authors: Wong, Grace
Date: 2015
Abstract: There is a growing popularity among musicians to turn to somatic approaches such as the Alexander Technique, Body Mapping and Feldenkrais Method to improve posture and movement at the instrument and to produce better tone quality. There is little scientific and objective data to support the changes that are apparently seen and heard after such training. This study examines if a single somatic session has an immediate, perceivable effect on pianists’ body usage and musical quality. In the first mode of evaluation, judges rated specific aspects of body usage and musical quality. In the second mode of evaluation, judges were asked to identify post-somatic performances. Results indicated that there are perceivable changes in body usage and musical quality although those differences are not as apparent or easily detectable as is often believed. The findings also suggest that it is easier to identify post-somatic performances through body usage than musical quality.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/32166
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-2845
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