Somatic methods and music education

Course Information
TitleΣωματικές μέθοδοι και μουσική εκπαίδευση / Somatic methods and music education
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorNikolaos Zafranas
Course ID600018027

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 93
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses844
Music CompositionElective Courses844

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Theoretical and experiential training in the Body Methods Yoga Therapy, Pilates Rehabilitation and Body Mapping with a focus on the training of musicians. The aim of the course is to inform and educate musicians in healthy working conditions. Well-being in musical education includes three major axes: the musician, the musical instrument and the environment.Based on the unity of spirit and body and opposed to Cartesian dualism, Body Methods complement the musical education process with theoretical knowledge and kinetic practices that prevent physical and mental exhaustion and injuries. The lectures cover the theoretical part which is the basis of the experiential workshops. The assessment is mainly through participation.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This lesson aims at exploring Physical Methods for Musicians, which are a special field of the Performing Arts Medicine discipline. It includes basic theoretical training in areas of musical health, the dangers that lie in the study and interpretation of music, the ergonomic relationship with the instrument and the ergonomic relationship with the environment. On a practical level, the lesson aims to create a basic routine that starts from physical endoscopy through breathing and movement, continues to elucidate the rules of sound production through voice or a musical instrument and is completed through the creation of a constructive musical environment. In the context of the Medicine of Performing Arts, Methods of Physical Methods with thousands of years of tradition are combined with the most modern know-how, dealing with the problems of musicians effectively and permanently. The gradual realization of the complex and multidimensional nature of the musician through lectures and physical explorations brings in turn questions of stochastic nature from which the unbreakable connection between spirit and body emerges.
Body Methods, Yoga Therapy, Rehabilitation Pilates, Body Mapping
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Presentations of audiovisual material in lectures, electronic communication with the students.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment421.4
Other / Others391.3
Student Assessment
Physical presence, participation (discussion and participation during the course), completion of diaries / questionnaires, written examinations.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Summative)
  • Physical Presence (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Bertherat, T. (1976) Le corp a ses raisons. Paris: Seuil. Alexander, F.M. (1997 [1932]) The Use of the Self. New York: IRDEAT. Bruser, M. (1997) The art of practicing: a guide to making music from the heart. New York: Bell Tower. Conable, B. & Conable, W. (2000) What every musician needs to know about the body: The practical application of body mapping to making music. (Rev. ed.) Portland, OR: Andover Press. Rosset, A. Llobet, J. & Odam, G. (2009) Le corps du musicien: Manuel de prevention pour une pratique optimal, trans H. Garrabé & H. Arcier. Montauban: aleXitère.
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