TRAINING MENTORS

Providing opportunities for interested ABME members to learn from experienced and engaged Licensed Body Mapping Educators, Training Mentors may train Affiliate Members up to the point of their Licensure Trainee application, and/or Licensure Trainees up to the point of developing their trial course. 

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JAMES BLUMER

 

James is a certified Alexander Teacher, Licensed Body Mapping Educator, SAA Registered Suzuki Violin Teacher, and freelance violinist based in the New York metropolitan area. He teaches Body Mapping and Alexander Technique at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division and is also the Arts Division Administrator and violin faculty at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ. 

 

As an expert in movement education, James is sought-after as a clinician on the benefits of Alexander Technique and Body Mapping in performance and pedagogy. James has presented masterclasses and workshops at numerous schools and organizations including the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, Mannes School of Music, Ithaca College, New Jersey City University, Luzerne Music Center, Biennial ABME Conference, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference. He has also served on the board of the Association for Body Mapping Education.

Website: www.jamesblumer.com
 
Contact: jblumerviolin@gmail.com

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BONNIE DRAINA


Bonnie has been teaching Body Mapping since 2002, presenting numerous courses and workshops across North America and in Asia for collegiate music programs and professional groups. She maintains a private studio and has taught studio voice at schools such as Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she also taught vocal pedagogy and played a key role in the  expansion of the Musicians’ Wellness Program.  


As a performing artist, Bonnie has wide-ranging interests. She has appeared in operas, recitals, and choral groups, as well as with marching, jazz, and rock bands, playing instruments ranging from piano to sousaphone. She recently arranged and led the pit band for an Americana/folk music production of The Wizard of Oz.  

Website: www.bonniedraina.com
 
Contact: Bonniedraina@gmail.com

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KAY HOOPER


Kay S. Hooper travels extensively, presenting clinics and workshops on Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, and sensory integration for musicians. Thanks to decades of teaching students of all ages and stages, Kay has developed a style of teaching that is both informative and joyful, focusing on each student as an individual. Musicians around the world use her unique book, “Sensory Tune-ups: a guided journal of sensory experiences for performers of all ages,” to enhance expression, train attention, and reduce performance anxiety.
 

Kay is the owner/operator of the Kay S. Hooper Piano and Alexander Technique Studio in Selinsgrove, PA. She is a frequent presenter and guest teacher at colleges and universities, including the Hartt School of Music Summerterm. She has presented her workshop “Ambient Awareness: Training Attention in an ADD World” at the local, state, and international levels. 

Website: www.allsensepress.com
Contact: kayshooper@allsensepress.com
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ANITA KING

Anita King performs extensively as solo pianist and chamber musician and has collaborated with internationally renowned artists including clarinetist David Shifrin, cellist Fred Sherry, the Zephyros Wind Quintet, and the Ridge String Quartet. The focus of Anita’s work in recent years has been the intimate connection between musical analysis, interpretation, and movement; she has given presentations and workshops at conferences, music festivals, and universities nationwide. Anita is Professor of Music at Willamette University where she teaches piano, accompanying, chamber music, innovative courses on creativity for the general education curriculum, and a course on the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping for musicians. She is founder and director of the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series.
 

Contact: aking@willamette.edu

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CYNTHIA McGLADREY 
 

Cynthia maintains an active studio teaching voice and Body Mapping for musicians in private sessions and workshops.  She is an ABME training mentor.  She is an emeritus instructor of studio voice, Body Mapping, assistant choral director and director of Handbell Ringers at George Fox University.  She developed a full-curriculum Body Mapping for Musicians course at GFU during her tenure, offered each fall semester.  Cynthia teaches throughout the Northwest in workshops, master classes, and music educator consultations, specializing with vocal and handbell musicians.  She has been a Body Mapping presenter with the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, the Handbell Musicians of America and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  Her emphasis is sharing Body Mapping information with fellow musicians to promote balanced, efficient, and expressive movement for music educators and musicians of all ages.

 

Contact: cmcgladrey@comcast.net

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KELLY MOLLNOW WILSON
 

Kelly’s special interest is teaching Body Mapping principles to children and instrumental music educators. Kelly has taught Body Mapping workshops at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Akron, and for members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. She has co-presented at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference with Lea Pearson in 2004 and was a panelist on the Physical Fix-it Panel sponsored jointly by the Pedagogy and Performance Health Committees at the 2006 National Flute Association Convention in Pittsburgh.

Website: www.precisionperformanceandtherapy.com/about/
Contact: kmollnow@mac.com
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VANESSA MULVEY
 

A faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music and Longy School of Music of Bard College, Vanessa Mulvey guides musicians to uncover the powerful relationship between musical expression and healthy movement. To help musicians embody high quality movement, she enhances her teaching by including movement lessons from a variety of modalities that range from Parkour to flying trapeze. Vanessa has presented workshops around the world for musicians and people from all walks of life at venues that include the Shepherd School of Music, the Boston Conservatory, and the Frost School of Music. 
 

Website: www.breathemoveperform.com
 
Contact: vanessa@breathemoveperform.com
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JUDY PALAC

Judy Palac is Associate Professor Emeritus of Music Education, Director Emeritus of

the Suzuki Program, and founder of the Musicians’ Wellness Team at Michigan State

University. She is published in the fields of performing arts medicine, string teacher

education, and the Suzuki method in such journals as American String Teacher,

Medical Problems of Performing Artists, and Bulletin for the Council for Research in

Music Education. She has presented on wellness and string teaching at conferences

of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, International Society for Music

Education, College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, and

the Society for Music Teacher Education. She has served on the the national board

of the American String Teachers Association, PAMA, and the Association for Body

Mapping Education. She founded and chaired committees on musicians’ health for

both ASTA and SMTE.

Judy received her LBME in 2012, and since then, has taught courses and workshops

all over the US. She relishes the moments when students have an epiphany in their

body awareness and become more comfortable, joyful players! Judy continues to

play in the violin section of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

 
Contact: palac@msu.edu

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BRIDGET RENNIE- SALONEN

An award-winning flautist and academic, and an experienced educator, Bridget is a sought-after pedagogue and performer. Her interdisciplinary research and leadership in the field of musicians’ health is ground-breaking for South Africa (SA). Flautist, lecturer, researcher, and musicians’ health practitioner, Bridget is an artist who is passionate about both the meaning of the performing arts in society and the meaning of the performing arts for the artists themselves. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Part-time Lecturer at Stellenbosch University. Many of her former students have excelled in competitions and in overseas studies, won scholarships for study abroad, and now occupy key performance, entrepreneurial, and educational positions in the SA music sector. Bridget serves on the committee of the Forum for Instrumental and Vocal Teaching of the International Society for Music Education, and is a regular guest lecturer, adjudicator, external examiner, and peer reviewer. As a Licensed Body Mapping Educator and Training Mentor, and holding certificates in the Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine and in Functional Movement Anatomy, Bridget is particularly interested in the integration of optimal artistic performance with well-being and health promotion. She is chairperson of the South African Performing Arts Health Association and is core member of the international Musicians' Health Literacy Consortium, researching musicians’ health education. A well-known performer in multiple genres, Bridget has appeared as soloist with several SA orchestras, is a freelancer and frequent guest principal flautist, as well as a Baroque traverso flautist with the Cape Town Baroque Orchestra.

Website: www.bridgetrs.com
 
Contact: bridget@bridgetrs.com

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RENO URSO

Rena Urso is the Second Flutist of the Oakland Symphony, teaching and performing artist for the International Piccolo Flute Academy, and faculty at California State University Long Beach and Stanislaus. In addition to the course she created at CSULB, Body Mapping for the Performing Artist, she presents Body Mapping lessons, workshops, and masterclasses all over the world. Her regular column in The Flute View covers a myriad of topics related to injury prevention and musician wellness. Rena is a RYT-200 certified yoga teacher and certified meditation teacher. An active member of the National Flute Association, Rena is also a member of the NFA’s Performance Health Committee.  

Website: www.renaurso.com
 
Contact: RenaMarieUrso@gmail.com

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MICHÈLE WHEATLEY-BROWN

Michèle is passionate about sharing ABME’s commitment to ‘Joyful Music Making without Limitation’. As one of the first licensed Body Mapping Educators in Western Canada, Michèle is dedicated to bringing her years of experience and knowledge of Body Mapping to her colleagues and students. She is proud to serve on the ABME Board and thrilled to be recently designated as a Training Mentor. 

 

Michèle presents Body Mapping workshops, masterclasses, and private lessons to professional and amateur musicians throughout Western Canada. In demand as a clinician, she has presented to professional music teachers’ associations and post-secondary schools including the University of Brandon, Mount Royal University Music Academy, University of Calgary, Grant MacEwan School of Music, Concordia University of Edmonton. She has also written on the topic of musicians’ health with published articles appearing in Arts Biomechanics Journal, ARMTA Impromptu, and APTA News and Views.

 

Michèle brings a variety of perspectives to her teaching which are grounded in Body Mapping principles. She has explored numerous somatic approaches such as Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, yoga, and dance that complement her teaching, movement, and playing.

 

Michèle is an accomplished pianist, teacher, examiner, and adjudicator. She holds a M.A. (Music) and a Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy Research from the University of Ottawa and a B.Mus. and B. Ed from the University of Toronto. 

 

A member of the Royal Conservatory of Music College of Examiners, Michèle examines and adjudicates throughout Canada and the United States.  She is the Founding Artistic Director of a highly successful classical concert and music educational series in High River, AB. 

Website: www.mindbodymusic.ca
 
Contact: michele@mindbodymusic.ca