Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:Child's play: Applying the Alexander Technique, Dart Procedures, and Framework for Integration to modern pedal harp performance
Author(s):Happel Ashe, Claire
Advisor(s):Nettl-Fiol, Rebecca;
Contributor(s):Yeung, Ann; Mattax Moersch, Charlotte; Murray, Alexander
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):developmental movement patterns
Alexander Technique
Raymond Dart
Joan Murray
Alex Murray
Feldenkrais harp
Tensegrity harp
Abstract:The Alexander Technique is a method developed by Frederick Matthias Alexander. It offers a process by which to notice habits, both mental and physical, and change them. It is commonly used by musicians to aid in injury prevention, coordination, and one’s mental approach to performance. Neuroanatomist and anthropologist Raymond Dart discovered connections between the Alexander Technique and his own knowledge of anatomy and development. His articles on poise and developmental movement patterns that underlie skill led Alexander Technique teachers Joan and Alex Murray to create the Dart Procedures. The Dart Procedures take students through the various stages of child development from fetal to crawling and standing upright. Two students of the Murrays, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol and Luc Vanier, have applied both the Alexander Technique and Dart Procedures to their teaching of dance within an academic setting. In doing so, they have built a vocabulary and point of view titled the Framework for Integration through which to observe oneself in dynamic activities such as dancing. Their framework is equally applicable to all skilled movement. This thesis presents principles of the Alexander Technique, Dart Procedures, and Framework for Integration and applies them to the field of harp performance.
Issue Date:2019
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Claire Happel Ashe
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-11-25

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