Illuminating the anatomy behind movement to fine-tune playing is how Vanessa Mulvey guides musicians to transform their performances from good to great. The combination of anatomy education and movement retraining unleashes expression and leads to healthy playing habits.
For Vanessa, Body Mapping provided a clear, reliable way to enhance expression and relieve neck and shoulder discomfort. These changes inspired her to dig deeper to understand the relationship between movement and playing. Vanessa completed her Licensure with Andover Educators, the Body Mapping organization in 2009, and now teaches the course ‘What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body’.
Vanessa is on faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and Longy School of Music of Bard College. Her popular Body Mapping courses combine Body Mapping with movement experiences to unlock the artistry within each musician. She is a frequent guest artist, presenting workshops at music schools, conferences and festivals, including the Maine Chamber Music Seminar, Frost School of Music, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She also offers private one-on-one coaching to address individual needs. Her quest for understanding movement and developing her own skill did not end there. It led her to seek out ways to explore movement away from the flute, including:
Utilizing optimal performance awareness on the flying trapeze to execute a trick.
Mustering movement efficiency to complete a Spartan sprint.
Activities like these challenge her to understand and develop her movement skills and lead to movement accuracy, fluidity and precision, exactly what musicians use in performing. In 2018, she completed her MovNat Level 1 Certification. She is currently training in Core Movement Integration.
Vanessa's innate curiosity continues to guide her musicianship. She performs on concerts throughout the region including: North Country Electronic Music Festival, Wolfeboro Friends of Music, Chromatic Club, King’s Chapel Concert Series, Friends of the Reading Public Library, 1794 Meeting House, Longy SeptemberFest and Faculty Artist Concerts and on WGBH radio. She especially enjoys performing contemporary music. Vanessa earned a Bachelor’s in Flute Performance with honors from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York in Potsdam and Master’s in Flute Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.