Body Mapping Testimonials
The study of body mapping reconnected me with the world in mind, body, and
spirit. I quickly discovered that the process of seeking complete body awareness as
a person and a musician requires determination and an endless supply of patience.
Although there are many times where this journey seems overwhelming, the beauty
of self discovery outshines the frustration of the transition of change.
I am currently a beginning singer pursuing a career in music education. I dealt with
severe neck/shoulder tension as well as TMJ disorder for several years. For the
longest time, I just accepted the pain as a “normal” occurrence and grew tolerant of
discomfort even though it inhibited my musicianship as a singer and clarinetist.
By implementing Body Mapping techniques into my everyday lifestyle, however,
I finally came to the brilliant realization that pain can be prevented through self
care. Through rigorous self observation and excellent guidance and instruction, I
learned how to recognize poor postural habits and made gradual self improvements
over my short course of study. Now, my voice sustains for longer periods of time,
and I have experienced glorious moments of tension free singing! The method and
techniques of body mapping opens doors to all those searching for self realization
and recovery. Improvement comes in small steps, which eventually leads to even
greater strides. I strongly encourage any person to further explore the realms of
this unique study. This is a life long journey which takes self commitment, an open
mind, and determination, but the results create a beautiful and renewed connection
with music and more importantly, life!
The most important ideas I learned in this class were combining the thought
processes of critical thinking and self awareness. By knowing my own body
anatomically, I could test, understand, and hear the differences in different positions
etc. My future playing as a guitarist and my health as a musician changed for the
best thanks to this class.
Miguel Angel Morales
This Body Mapping class helped me to discover that my poor posture, which I thought felt comfortable at the time, was actually straining certain muscles and it
was dampening the sound produced on my instrument. After finding a good core
balance I was able to practice longer and my sound became more rich and open.
I am a student at Montclair State University majoring in Music Education with a
concentration in voice. I took this class during my first semester at MSU but I had no
idea what Body Mapping was exactly. In just a few weeks it changed my outlook and
views on not only music, but me as a person as well. Body Mapping has enriched my
soul and has taught me poise, a sense of awareness, more confidence, and freeness.
I feel happy to say it’s helped put a base coat of knowledge under my belt, so within
time I can build on all of this knowledge, and learn more and more as I continue
with my career. I'm grateful for Body Mapping in my life, and MOST importantly for
people who are interested in looking into this. I feel that each and every person can
experience something extraordinary and go to a place in their life where they've
never been before.
Taylor Lynn Kurilew
South Plainfield, NJ
“I teach singing to actors at a university in Toronto and wish to make the students
more aware of this topic as well as to try to influence the faculty to give this more
importance. While the conducting institute was intense and in come respects
overwhelming, the one thing on which I have been consistently aware is how
my ‘map of reality’ about my body map is changing... it is very true that the brain
is the key to the whole thing and the body will re-program when the correct
information is available and awareness is heightened. The week of Body Mapping
really impacted me in a truly significant way.
Kitchener, ON Canada
“Thank you for the wonderful workshops you gave at the convention. I am a Choral
director and singer and was truly in awe of the information you shared. I am also a
music therapist who specializes in relaxation therapy and voice problems, so I was
very interested in the Body Mapping process.”
Enid Bootzin, RMT, NHA
“This summer session course (Beyond Beginning Choral Conducting) was absolutely
incredible! I was excited about it just looking over the materials ahead of time,
because it looked like a completely different approach to teaching conducting.
The course concentrated on the physical aspects of conducting, using the study of
movement as a foundation and we identified indications of tension in ourselves and
by observing others. The group dynamic of the class was incredible. It was like the
best ‘small group’ experience you’ve ever had. We shared openly, celebrated with
one another, and created a safe place to try new things without fear of failure. I
highly recommend this course or any seminar that Heather Buchanan teaches.”
“Thank you so very much for coming to the ACC convention in New York earlier this
month, and doing your workshops on Body Mapping, Conducting, and Rehearsal
Techniques. I have to say that you were the sensation of the workshops, and
everyone was asking me when they can work with you again! You are such an ideal
pedagogue, and always easy to work with! Thank you for making this convention so
special and sharing your gifts and talents and ideas with the wider cantorial world. I
know they appreciated it as much as I did! I kept telling people, “I told you she was
All the best and thank you again,
Cantor Jessica Levitt
Simply put, this class is incredible. What I’ve learned is very useful and influences
every part of my life. Whether it is related to my playing or everyday life, I find
myself thinking of the things I’ve learned here on a daily basis. At first I had no idea
of the extent of the issues I have in my physical being. Now, it would be hard to
imagine life without the knowledge I’ve gained from this topic. I highly recommend
this to every person I know –just ask my parent how much I talk about it!
Guitar & Voice
East Brunswick, NJ
As a biology student, I knew how my joints connected, I knew where my tendons
and muscles where, but I didn’t know how to use them. Body Mapping helped me
realize how to correctly use my body.
Old Bridge, NJ