The three-year course


The three-year course comprises three independent phases:

1st Year: Self-awareness:

The first year is mainly dedicated to developing awareness of one’s own disposition. It is possible to do only this first year with the aim of self-development.

2nd Year: Teaching Dispokinesis in Regard to One’s Own Instrument:

With the 2nd year the actual professional training begins. To be admitted the trainee needs to pass an exam at the end of the first year and be recommended by the teachers. The 2nd year ends with a final exam and a certificate, which enables the graduate to work with musicians playing the same instrument as he/she does.

3rd Year: Teaching Dispokinesis in Regard to All Instruments, Singers and Conductors:

Attendance in the 3rd year requires passing the final exam at the end of the 2nd year and the consent of the faculty responsible. It is only after three years that the graduates are certified to work with all instrumentalists, singers and conductors. The third year is also open to previously certified dispokineticians who wish to continue their education.



Curriculum:

1st Year

  • Introduction to the philosophy of Dispokinesis.
  • In-depth study and practice of the “Original Shapes of Posture, Breathing and Movement” developed by G.O.  van de Klashorst.
  • Experiencing breathing patterns; the anatomy and physiology of breathing.
  • Studying fine motor skills by means of the piano: exercises developed by G.O. van de Klashorst.
  • Comparing the disposition in posture and technique re all the instruments represented in the group of trainees.
  • Stage fright issues
  • Introduction to anatomy, physiology and the neurologic foundations of learning.

 

2nd Year

  • Supervised teaching of the Original Shapes of Posture, Breathing and Movement to small groups
  • Applying Dispokinesis in a teaching situation where the trainee teaches a student playing the same instrument as he/she. Working on themes such as posture, technique, expression, ergonomic aspects etc. (supervised)
  • The use of voice and singing
  • Anatomy, physiology, neurology, pathology
  • Stagefright
  • Techniques of conversation, the psychology of teaching
  • The development and functional aspects of fine motor skills (e.g. writing skills, aspects of embouchure in wind players, etc.)

 

3rd Year

Each of the six weekends has a special focus such as: playing  an instrument and breathing, instruments with embouchure, keyboard instruments, plucked instruments and accordion, strings, percussion, Jazz and Pop. The individual weekends are structured as follows:

  • 6 hours are dedicated to the focal instrument family, of which 2 hours to trying out the respective instruments.
  • 2 hours of advanced anatomy. The participants prepare the subject matter prior to the weekend and are emailed study material and references three weeks in advance.
  • 4 hours:of  supervised teaching of Dispokinesis and correlated subjects, such as making an anamnesis, etc.


The emphasis in the 3rd year lies on teaching someone who plays an instrument other than one’s own, following the principles of the Original Shapes of Posture and Movement. The trainees work in small groups with feedback, allowing for as much practical experience as possible.

The complex topic of focal dystonia is also dealt with repeatedly by means of case studies.