The MBMS Prelude Program

A 40-Hour Introductory Certificate in Alexander Technique & Body Mapping Applied to Music Education & Performance


For Musicians & Music Teaching Professionals – Vocal & Instrumental


Now accepting applications for the Summer 2024 cohort.

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What is the MBMS Prelude Program?

Dear Colleague,

MBMS Founder & Director Peter Jacobson here.

Thank you for your interest in The MBMS Prelude Program, a 40-hour certificate program designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping as applied to music education and performance.  

Over the years, throughout the various iterations of this program, it's been so exciting to watch program participants discover the most expansive, healthy and creative version of themselves through this program.

This program is geared towards:

  • Music Teaching Professionals (studio music teachers, classroom teachers, ensemble directors, coaches) – who are looking for new ideas to bring greater power, creativity and impact to your work. 
  • Vocal and/or Instrumental Musicians – who have a deep interest in reaching their full artistic potential.

As the program name suggests, this is the prelude to all other advanced levels of study within the Mind Body Music School.

This page contains important information about the curriculum, how the program works, and other important course details. If you are excited by what you see on this page, I invite you to complete the application or reach out to me personally so we can talk further.

In Music,
Peter Jacobson
Founder & Director
The Mind Body Music School

How The Program Will Benefit You


This program will benefit many areas of your life:

Your Artistry

  • Get full access to your artistic potential
  • Discover creative new ways of expressing yourself

Your Body

  • Experience natural relief from tension, pain and stress
  • Learn how your body is designed to move most efficiently and naturally

Your Practicing & Performing

  • Learn how to increase your focus, concentration and self-awareness
  • Learn lasting and effective solutions to deal with performing-related fear and anxiety

Your Health & Well-Being

  • Enjoy greater vitality and energy
  • Learn how to find peace of mind and calm in your teaching and life

Your Teaching

  • Help your students solve body and voice tension problems more effectively 
  • Experience more ease and spaciousness in your teaching

The program includes: 

  • A practical curriculum specifically designed for musicians & music educators
  • A warm and nurturing learning environment
  • A supportive and non-competitive community 
  • Engaging and meaningful discussions
  • Experiential learning activities and movement explorations
  • Respect for each person’s unique individual journey

Program Requirements

 

To allow for maximum flexibility in your studies, you can choose between 2 tracks – hybrid or virtual. 50% live attendance in the online courses is required for certification.

 

The Hybrid Track


Part 1 – Complete the 2 Core Required Online Courses (16 hours total)

  • The Alexander Technique for Musicians 101 – 8-hour online course
  • Body Mapping for Musicians 101 – 8-hour online course

Part 2 – Complete 1 Elective Online Course (6-8 hours) - choose from the following:

  • The Breathing Freedom Course – 6-hour online course
  • The Peak Performance Course – 6-hour online course
  • The Alexander Technique in Music Teaching – 8-hour online course

Part 3 – Attend 1 Live Immersion (15 hours)

  • Minimum 2.5 days training at a live event
  • For Summer 2024, choose from our Summer Retreat (July 16-21) or Baltimore Immersion (August 19-21)

Part 4 – Peer-to-peer exchange work (2 hours)

  • Scheduled virtually at mutually convenient times with your classmates
  • Note: If you choose The Alexander Technique in Music Teaching as your elective (which is 8 hours versus 6 hours for the other 2 electives) this requirement does not apply

Part 5 – Take 1 private lesson with Peter (1 hour)

  • Typically scheduled at the end of your studies 


The Virtual Track


Part 1 – Complete the 2 Core Required Online Courses (16 hours total)

  • The Alexander Technique for Musicians 101 – 8-hour online course
  • Body Mapping for Musicians 101 – 8-hour online course

Part 2 – Complete All 3 Elective Courses (20 hours total)

  • The Breathing Freedom Course – 6-hour online course
  • The Peak Performance Course – 6-hour online course
  • The Alexander Technique in Music Teaching – 8-hour online course

Part 3 – Peer-to-peer exchange work (3 hours)

  • Scheduled virtually at mutually convenient times with your classmates

Part 4 – Take 1 private lesson with Peter (1 hour)

  • Typically scheduled at the end of your studies

Other Important Information

  • You will have up to 2 semesters (roughly 6 months) to complete your coursework. A 3-month extension is available upon request.

  • If you are unsure if you're able to commit to the entire program at this time, you can take just one course on its own. If you want to continue after that course, you can apply for this program and if you're accepted that course will apply towards certification.

Online Course Descriptions

Summer Semester 2024 Calendar

Fall Semester 2024 Calendar

Alexander Technique 101 for Musicians

  • 4 Mondays – Nov 4, 11, 18; Dec 2 @ 2-4pm central time
  • 4 Saturdays – Sept 28, Oct 5, 19, 26 @ 1-3pm central time

Body Mapping 101 for Musicians

  • 4 Saturdays – Nov 2, 9, 23; Dec 7 @ 1-3pm central time
  • 4 Wednesdays – Oct 30; Nov 6, 13, 20 @ 10am-12pm central time

The MBMS Breathing Freedom Course

  • 4 Mondays – Sept 30; Oct 7, 21, 28 @ 2-3:30pm central time

The MBMS Peak Performance Course

  • 4 Wednesdays – Oct 30; Nov 6, 13, 20 @ 1-2:30pm central time

The Alexander Technique in Music Teaching

  • 4 Wednesdays – Sept 18, 25; Oct 2, 9 @ 10am-12pm central time

How Certification Works


Students who complete the program requirements will be awarded an official certificate of study. This certificate
will signify that you have a basic intellectual and embodied understanding of the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping and their direct application to music education and performance.

This program does NOT certify you as a teacher of the Alexander Technique.

If you have any questions, please email program director Peter Jacobson.

Student Testimonials

Tuition


The tuition for the MBMS Prelude Program is $1,500.

Interest-free payment plans (up to 6 months) are available.


Tuition Credits

  • If you choose the hybrid track you can apply for up to a $300 tuition credit to offset your travel costs. 
  • If you choose the hybrid track and are attending our summer retreat, you will receive a $500 Prelude tuition credit as you'll be paying for your live event requirement through that event. 
  • If you just completed the MBMS Breathing Freedom Course, your course fee will be applied as a credit towards your tuition.

Scholarships

Limited need-based scholarships are available up to 50%. To receive scholarship funding you must have the capacity to participate fully in the program and be able to say, in good faith, that you wouldn't be able to participate without financial assistance. If you meet these criteria, you can indicate your interest in a scholarship on the application form.

If you have any questions about tuition, incentives or scholarships, please email program director Peter Jacobson.


 How to Apply

Acceptance into the program is by application only.

After you complete your application, Peter will be in touch within 2 business days to talk about next steps.

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