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Dear Friends,


The art of movement is the foundation to artistry, teaching, learning, and poise.  Body Mapping has helped countless musicians uncover their artistic voice, heal injury, and play with more authenticity through understanding the movements behind music-making.


I am thrilled to invite you to our biennial conference, which is online for 2021. We will be sharing the tools and benefits of Body Mapping with you in our sessions. Whether you are a performer struggling with discomfort/pain/injury or looking to feel even more grounded in your playing, a teacher looking for the tools to clearly communicate with your students, or a student looking to learn rep more thoroughly and perform with more confidence, there is something in this conference for you.  

Welcome to the 2021 International Conference of the Association for Body Mapping Educators!


Vanessa Mulvey

ABME President

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Presentations and live

Q & A Sessions with:

Dr. Christine Guptill

Dr. Noa Kageyama



  • WEM Course

  • Interest Sessions

  • Supervised Teaching

  • Masterclasses

  • Featured Performances

  • Social Opportunities


Registration starts at $29 for students and $99 for ABME members. Donations to help sponsor students are gratefully accepted.


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dr. Christine guptill


Dr. Christine Guptill is Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at the University of Ottawa. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at McMaster University and with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. She also completed the Work Disability Prevention Strategic Training Program funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research at the University of Toronto in 2013. Her program of research focuses on musicians’ health from a work disability prevention perspective. Christine designed and taught Health and Music Performance, the first university credit course to address musicians' health in Canada, which is now the focus of a research study examining blended (internet and face-to-face) learning to improve occupational resilience among post-secondary music students, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada). She is currently Vice Chair of Research for the Performing Arts Medicine Association. She was a founding member of the Health Advisory Team at National Youth Orchestra Canada (NYOC) in 2007 and provided primary care occupational therapy to the orchestra from 2011 to 2015. In 2012, she was honoured to receive a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her work at NYOC. In her spare time, Christine performs as a freelance oboist.

Noa kageyama, ph.d


Performance psychologist Noa Kageyama is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and is a performance coach for the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. A conservatory-trained violinist with degrees from Oberlin and Juilliard before pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology, Noa now specializes in working with performing artists, teaching them how to utilize sport psychology principles and more consistently perform up to their full abilities under pressure.

He has conducted workshops at institutions ranging from Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, Peabody, Eastman, and the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music, to programs such as the Starling-Delay Symposium, The Perlman Music Program, and the National Orchestral Institute, and for organizations like the Music Teachers’ National Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. 

Noa’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Musical America, Strings Magazine, Strad, and Lifehacker. He maintains a private coaching practice and online mental skills courses, and authors a performance psychology blog and podcast called The Bulletproof Musician.





“I am not just striving for compliance. I am aiming for commitment.”

In my 10 years as a Higher Education professional, I have adopted a transformational leadership approach to cultivating inclusive safe environments. I understand that individuals are entering and engaging within their organizations with differing levels of understanding of their behavior, values, and beliefs of equity, harassment, and discrimination. Creating safe and positive environments requires that everyone within the organization sees it as their responsibility, not just the responsibility of one department or individual.


Presentation Name: Mapping an Inclusive Excellence Plan

“Inclusive Excellence shifts the responsibility for diversity and inclusiveness to everyone…as opposed to one individual or department shouldering that responsibility alone. One person, or unit can serve as point leaders initiating the process; but the responsibility for change and inclusiveness is assumed by every person in an office, division… (Williams, D. (2017)).” Together we will discuss what it means to implement an inclusive excellence plan within the ABME organization and what each of our roles in this plan can be moving forward.

MARK erickson


Dr. Mark Erickson is Certified as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and has been practicing physical therapy 38 years integrating the Feldenkrais Method into his practice for 36 years.  He earned a Doctor of Science in PT degree and is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy.  Dr. Erickson has a wide range of clinical experience practicing in environments specializing in body awareness training, pain, rehabilitation and injury prevention.  He currently holds an Associate Professor position within the Physical Therapy and Exercise Science Programs at Florida Gulf Coast University where he teaches and maintains an active scholarly agenda emphasizing investigation into teaching and learning, the Feldenkrais Method, and pain, and maintains a private practice.  Dr. Erickson developed and directed the University of Wisconsin Performing Arts Outreach Program, and has been an invited speaker for the National Summer Cello Institute, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Summerflute, and regularly at the ABME Conferences. 

Noa Kageyama
Christine Guptill
Erica Moorer
Mark Erickson



The 2021 ABME Conference will be a virtual event with both live (synchronous) and pre-recorded (asynchronous) sessions. Sessions will be broadcast within the following time frames:

  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. PDT/12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. EDT

  • Friday-Sunday*: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. PDT/11:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. EDT 

    • *Daily movement sessions will be offered during the first hour (8 a.m. PDT/12:00 p.m. EDT) on these days. This will be the only session offered during that hour. Please join us!


The Conference will include all the offerings of a live conference and more! This includes:

Keynote Speaker Presentations and live Q and A Sessions with:

  • Dr. Christine Guptill

  • Dr. Noa Kageyama


Also Featuring

Two opportunities to attend The Six-Hour Course What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body with a variety of presenters including time for Q and A 

Interest Sessions - Authors, Instruments, Education and more

Supervised Teaching - An opportunity to hone your online teaching skills

Masterclasses - For all attendees

Featured Performances - Licensed Body Mapping Educators sharing their music creatively woven into the conference format.

Social Opportunities - time to connect with colleagues and just have fun!

Please plan to clear your calendar and immerse yourself in the conference offerings. While we strongly encourage registrants to attend as many live events as possible, most content will be recorded and will remain available for conference registrants through October 31st.



Registration Cost:

Starts at $29 for students and $99 for ABME members

Registration is now open! All registrants who register before May 15th will receive a conference Swag Bag. Please register early to ensure you don't miss out on the good stuff!!! 

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Sponsor a Student:

Your donation can help a student in need attend the conference! If the total amount of donations received exceeds the amount needed to offset student registrations, the proceeds will be used to offset general conference expenses. Please consider donating today!

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