What is Coordinate Movement?

Coordinate Movement is a holistic approach to the study of music. Knowledge of the brain and body are incorporated into the traditional study of interpretation and technique. Classes offered at Portland State University give musicians an opportunity to discover their artistic potential in a collaborative environment. Every musician can improve their ability to communicate through music by increasing awareness of the nature and quality of their movements.


What is the Coordinate Movement Program?

The Coordinate Movement Program is a year long course of study for pianists offered at Portland State University. Topics in this course include Body Mapping, the Taubman Method of piano technique, how to reduce performance anxiety, how to learn and memorize effectively, and how sound is created at the piano. In a small group setting pianists put course concepts into practice and learn to perform and critique without fear. Exploration, creativity and imagination are required!

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What is Body Mapping?

Body Mapping is the study of anatomy and physiology based on the discoveries of Alexander teachers Bill Conable and Barbara Conable. Body Mapping for Musicians is a one term course offered at Portland State University which focuses on anatomy and physiology as it relates to playing an instrument and singing. Musicians study sensory awareness, joints and muscles, how to prevent injury and how to practice more effectively. Supervised lab sessions provide one on one coaching from the instructors. Learn to play and sing without tension and increase your artistry!

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