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Teacher Enrichment – Body Mapping Workshop, Sept 23-24, 2022

  • Clinician: Dr. Jan Prokop
  • Location: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 63 Mountain View Ave., Albany, NY 12205 [ Get Directions ]
  • Registration Fee:
    non-NATS members – $25
    NATS members – Free
  • Lecture: Friday, September 23, 6:30-9:00pm
  • Masterclass: Saturday, September 24, 10:00-12:30pm
  • Private Instruction: Dr. Prokup is available for private lessons on Saturday afternoon following a brief lunch break.

During this weekend of professional development, we’re going to explore Body Mapping with Dr. Jan Prokop, Associate Music Theater Voice Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Voice at Montclair State University – Cali School of Music, and Body Mapping Educator for Respiro Opera NYC. 

What is Body Mapping?  It is movement re-education for musicians, providing them with the anatomical information to develop body awareness when they sing and play, to recognize and release muscle tension allowing them to move beyond limitation and pain, and to fully express musical ideas through efficient, graceful, and coordinated movement.

On Friday evening we’ll discuss the basics of Body Mapping, the 6 places of Balance and delve into exercises and stretches that will allow us to recognize and release muscle tension in our instruments.

On Saturday we will focus on the application of Friday evening’s information on the basics of Body Mapping.  Saturday’s Master Class will focus on students’ mismappings of their bodies and how they can make adjustments to change those mismaps and improve their balance and alignment.  ENY/NATS Chapter members who are registered for the workshop may nominate a student for participation in the Master Class.

Following a lunch break, Registrants may sign up for individual lesson sessions with Dr. Prokop, who will work with teachers, their students, or the teacher instructing their student.  There will be a fee of $45.00 payable to Dr. Prokop at the time of service for a 30 minute lesson.  Private lessons are open to Registrants to observe.

Questions regarding this workshop can be directed to Heather Baird at heather_baird@outlook.com.

Dr. Jan E. Prokop is Associate Music Theater Voice Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Voice at Montclair State University – Cali School of Music, and Body Mapping Educator for Respiro Opera NYC. She was a founding faculty member of the Actors Studio MFA Program at the New School and taught at CAP21/Tisch @ NYU. As a Body Mapping Educator & Training Mentor, she offers Body Mapping workshops, seminars and private coachings in the New York area and throughout the U.S. She has published numerous articles and authored the Body Mapping chapter for So You Want to Sing with Awareness, part of the popular NATS book series. Dr. Prokop has presented workshops for NATS, NATS-NYC, NYSTA, MTEA as well as the Manhattan School of Music, University of Nashville, University of Utah, University of Brasilia, and many other schools. Prokop is a recipient of the Van Lawrence Fellowship, Master Teacher for the NATS Summer Intern program, mentor for the NATS-NYC Mentoring program, member of AATS (The American Academy of Teachers of Singing), and past president of NATS-NYC. She maintains a private Voice and Body Mapping studio in New York City and her students appear on and off Broadway, regional theater, and national tours. As a performer, she has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Prokop received her Doctorate in performance with a minor in Voice Therapy from Indiana University.

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