P2 - B1

Posture and freedom of movement

  • Develop an appropriate balanced and relaxed posture, supporting the instrument in a manner which is effective in enabling a good technical and musical performance

Continue to model appropriate posture and encourage learners to copy.

Continue to focus on posture in warm-up exercises.

Ask learners to describe the characteristics of good posture and ask them to demonstrate it, using a mirror if available.

This can be turned into a game, with the teacher and/or learners deliberately demonstrating poor posture.

Demonstrate how to use exercises to eliminate tension, particularly in the neck and shoulders.

Ask learners to explore different ways of standing/sitting, e.g. in a rigid or relaxed manner, and describe the effect this has on the musical outcomes.

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