Should understanding the body be a priority in music education? with Vanessa Mulvey (Rebroadcast)
This week, we have a rebroadcast of my conversation from September of 2020 with performer and educator Vanessa Mulvey. The Question of the Week we discussed was, "Should understanding the body be a priority in music education?" Ms. Mulvey and I discuss how everything in our body is connected, how modernity encourages us not to use or understand our bodies, the disconnect between good and bad performances, and how all music performance revolves around movement.
Truly understanding the body and its various connections and nuances is not something that is prioritized in music education, the effects of which are shown through the disturbing number of musicians who suffer from body issues. As I’ve developed as a conductor and violinist, looking at music through the scope of my body has been one of the most helpful and healthiest changes I’ve made as a musician. That shift in focus happened for me as a student in Vanessa Mulvey’s Body Mapping class and I learned even more through this conversation with her. Please enjoy this rebroadcast of my conversation with Vanessa Mulvey.