Lea Pearson

Body Mapping for Flutists


Lea PearsonLea Pearson will be offering the class Body Mapping: What Every Flutist Needs to Know About the Body.

Meeting just after lunch every day, the Body Mapping class is a fun way to explore how your body works when you play the flute. We will learn about arm joints and how the flute is supported; finding a comfortable way to sit and stand; how to get freer and fuller breaths; how your legs are an important part of playing; and how your awareness and your attention affect your flute playing.

Whether you are interested in enriching your teaching, are feeling limited by a physical problem or breathing, or are just curious about how to use your body better, you will find this class useful.

This informal class will be in workshop format, with everyone participating. Each person will have the chance to get individualized help from Lea.


Body Mapping:

Discomfort among flutists is common. It creates limitations in our playing and can make practicing frustrating. Sore backs, sore necks, hand problems and inadequate breathing are common among students, amateurs and professionals alike. Musicians can improve their body use and achieve a higher level of playing by learning about the body's natural ways of moving and supporting itself. Flutists gain information to help themselves and their students enhance performance as well as prevent pain and injury.

The class is held in a fun, creative and supportive atmosphere. Through discussions, visual presentations, and active participation, flutists learn how the body is designed to work and how its use affects their playing. Each participant will have an opportunity to play for Lea in class.

Participants will be asked to buy or bring Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flute Teacher Needs to Know About the Body by Lea Pearson.

The Body Mapping class content will be chosen from the following:

In addition to taking the class, any Wildacres attendee can schedule private lessons with Lea for in-depth work on personal issues. Performer-Participants can sign up for a lesson with Lea upon registration; others can schedule a lesson on-site.

Lea Pearson helps musicians who play in pain recover the ability to play with joy & ease.  Her book, Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flute Teacher Needs to Know About the Body has received extensive praise from teachers and students alike, and has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. Lea was a 1998 Fulbright Scholar at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where she studied with Liisa Ruoho. Formerly a performer with the South Bend Symphony, she holds a B.A. degree from Hampshire College, an M.A. from Stanford University and a D.M.A. from Ohio State University. Her teachers have included Katherine Borst Jones, Frances Blaisdell and Doriot Anthony Dwyer.

Lea is a Certified Health Coach and a Licensed Andover Educator, presenting Body Mapping workshops and masterclasses worldwide. She specializes in performing music of under-represented composers.

You can find out more about Lea at www.musicminuspain.com.