Body Mapping

Spring 2021 Professional Development Course for Music Educators

Designed to help participants correct and refine their body map in order to sing and play music with healthy, efficient movement. This course will not provide information about technique but will give students the information they need to put their technique on a firm somatic foundation.

We all have ideas in our brains about how we are built and how we function. These ideas, called body maps, are learned over time. Our body maps govern our movement. If our maps are adequate and accurate, our movement is efficient and healthy. If our maps are inaccurate, our movement is awkward and can cause injury. This is especially true for musicians, who make repetitive movements for a living. In this class, we will cultivate beautifully expressive and efficient movement in music making through correcting and refining our body maps.

Choose Graduate or Undergraduate Option

Undergraduate version of course = MUS 423-949

Graduate version of course = MUS 523-950

Syllabus for both courses

  • Eligibility

    Undergraduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    If you are not seeking a degree at UNC, but have earned a GED or high school diploma, you may take this course for personal interest or to transfer to another college or university. Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    Graduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    Non-degree-seeking graduate status refers to a student who has earned at least a bachelor's degree and who either:

    • Has applied to UNC Graduate School and not yet been admitted or;
    • Wishes to take this graduate class but not pursue a degree.

    Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

  • Register

    MUS 423-949 CRN: 24566

    MUS 523-950 CRN: 24565

    Follow the instructions in the PDF below to register.

    • You will use the CRN (Course Registration Number) listed above when you register in Ursa.
    • Step 1 of this process can take up to 1-3 days turnaround time, so we recommend you start the process in advance of the "add/register by" deadline posted on this page.

    Directions for course registration and activation

  • Contact Us

    Dr. Melissa Malde

    UNC Extended Campus
    Jon Shaw
    Phone: 970-351-2897

  • Once You Register

    Dropping and Withdrawing

    If you wish to drop or withdraw from the course, you must do so on or before the deadline dates listed in the Course Basics box.

    • If you are registered for any other courses in the same academic term, you can drop or withdraw within your Ursa account.
    • If this is your only course this term, please contact the Office of the Registrar at or 970-351-4862.

    It is your responsibility to know the drop and withdrawal deadlines and procedures.

    Billing and Payment for Your Course

    Tuition for this course is listed in the Course Basics box on this page. Any course materials costs (textbooks, digital access, etc.) would be a separate or additional expense.

    Billing notification will be sent to your Bearmail (student email) account when your bill is ready. If you have not activated your Bearmail, directions are in the directions for course registration and activation.

    • Please pay your bill by the due date listed on your eBill to avoid service charges.
    • To view or pay your bill, log into Ursa and go to the Financial tab. You will not receive a bill in the mail; UNC has an eBill system.
    • Further instructions for finding and paying your bill are available on the UNC Bursar's website.

    Syllabus for both courses