Finding the Movement that Makes the Music

Anita King

Anita King

*Recordings of this class will be available to ticket holders until the 30th October. The link will be found in your user account.*

Please join pianist, Anita King for two linked sessions exploring essential aspects of the process of becoming a fully-embodied musician. Anita is Professor of Music Emeritus at Willamette University (OR, USA), a teaching member of Alexander Technique International, and a licensed Body Mapping Educator. Anita’s work focuses on the connection between coordinate movement and music interpretation: in other words, learning to put movement choices in direct and detailed relation to the actual music we perform.

Class 1: Tuesday September 29


The path to becoming a fully-embodied performer begins with enhancing our awareness of self in relation to the environment in which we practice and perform.

In this session, Anita will guide you to a condition of expanded and continuously-shifting awareness that allows your music making to be informed by the sensations of your body in movement. In addition, you will gain a clear perception of your instrument and what is needed to play it, an active relationship with any other physical objects in your environment (the floor, chair, or prop), and a clear perception of your performance space and everything else in it (including your audience!).

Topics include:

  • Awakening and enhancing your tactile and kinesthetic senses, the two senses most important for coordinate movement
  • Claiming a big space for your performance in order to increase both movement and artistic choices
  • Learning to perceive and cultivate “micromovements” in relation to the large range of movements available to us in any moment

Participants should bring their instruments and a few small props like a book, pencil, etc.

Class 2: Thursday October 1


Starting with the premise that performing music is a whole-body activity in every moment, this session will explore the multiple roles of legs in practice and performance.

Topics include:

  • The leg-torso relationship
  • Coordinating the joints of the legs: a chamber music trio (or sextet!)
  • Thinking like a quadruped: how arms and legs relate in every moment
  • Our legs as first responders to musical impulses

Participants should have their instruments available.


This event has multiple classes. Missed a class? You can still purchase a ticket to access the recording. The series discount price remains valid.

All times are displayed in your timezone: America/Adak Edit Timezone

All sessions: €35.00 Individual sessions: €20.00

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Anita King

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