Lesson 1: Proprioception: Orientation, Navigation and Coordination

Lesson 1: Proprioception: Orientation, Navigation and Coordination

Here is a summary film of the topics handled in class that you can use to remind yourself. By watching the film, it will be easier for you to do the work and answers the questions below:
Proprioception: Orientation, Navigation and Coordination. Participate in the demonstration exercises during this film by imitating what the teacher is doing.

Participate in the class warm-up called: Unpacking the Musician (with tables).
First try it with the film a couple of times, then on your own. This warm-up gives a gentle stretch to your arm joints and muscles, as well as your spine, legs and torso. It is meant to wake up the stretch sensors in your arms and back, making them more “visible” to your brain in movement.

Please do the short online reading: Orientation, Balance and Coordination.

Practice Tactic:
Active Breaks: It is now time to apply what you have learned during a normal practice session with your instrument or voice. Do the warm-up Unpacking the Musician before you begin to play or sing. Then take a break after 20 minutes and repeat the warm-up before continuing to play or sing.

Report on what you have learned by writing down the answers to the questions below to test your knowledge. Save your questionnaire in your computer, and then hand in your questionnaire by placing it in your personal “MMB Criss” folder on the Project Campus.
You will be told how to use Project Campus” in your other Professional Development lessons.

Questionnaire to finish learning lesson 1:
Explanation (Film and Reading):
1. In addition to the five senses that we usual talk about, in class and in the film three other sense are mentioned which help us to navigate and coordinate in the world. Name these three senses and tell where they occur in the body. In other words, in which organs or parts of the body are these senses created and then sent to the brain for processing?
2. When you felt the chair that you were sitting on, or the floor under your feet when standing, which sense was being demonstrated there?
3. What did you notice when you stretched one arm above your head, and then put it down. Was there a difference in how the arms felt between the stretched and the un-stretched one? Which sense was being demonstrated here?
4. When you stood with your toes together and heels apart and closed your eyes, what happened in your body? What then happened when you opened your eyes, or when you touched the back of the chair with your fingers, with eyes closed? Which sense was being demonstrated here?
5. Name three ways how your brain helps you orient, navigate and coordinate. These three ways are mentioned both in the film and in the reading. (See the definition of Proprioception in the reading and the instructions under it.) It is about the WHAT, WHERE and HOW of navigation and movement.
6. What relevance does proprioception have in playing an instrument or singing? When do you use the three navigation aspects when you play or sing? When are the senses activated during playing or singing? Give examples.

Warm-up (Unpacking the Musician) and Practice Tactic (Active Breaks)
7. How did your body feel before and after doing the warm-ups? Was there any difference? How was your state of mind? Did this change at all?
8. When you applied the warm-up before, and then during your hour or practice, what effects did you notice on your practicing?
9. Have you ever warmed up physically or mentally before practicing? Have you ever taken active breaks like this?