Gabriela Sanchez Diaz

  • Body Mapping Educator, M.Mus, M.G.S.

My interest in studying the relationship between the body and the practice of an instrument started several years ago when I had tendonitis. I was pursuing my undergraduate degree in percussion (Mexico City) and I had to stop playing for several months. I tried different therapies and doctors and, eventually, I was able to play again and continue my studies.

However, my first contact with Body Mapping was at the University of Ottawa (Canada) while I was studying a Master’s degree in Music with focus on percussion (FONCA-PBEE and SRE- CBIE). The impact of this discipline on me and in my playing motivated me to continue studying this method and become a certified teacher.

As a body Mapping Educator who  also can teach in Spanish, ne of my commitments is to expand the scope of the method to Spanish-speaking countries. In 2015, I presented for the first time the WEM course (Whatever Musician Needs to Know About the Body) in Mexico City.

Besides teaching Body Mapping in private lessons in person and online, I have presented in several conferences about this topic for different musicians and also for percussionists.

My interest in the body led me to research the effects of Body Mapping in women musicians in relation to their perception of their bodies, their experiences in classical music, and notions of gender. The workbook Connecting Bodies is part of the conclusion of my master’s degree in gender studies (Memorial University of Newfoundland).

As a percussionist, I have played with several orchestras in Mexico (including Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Mineria Symphony Orchestra, and Sinaloade las Artes Symphony Orchestra) and Canada (Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Ottawa Wind Ensemble) as well as in different ensembles in both countries. Because I am passionate about the relationship about bodies and music, I am interested in collaborating in projects that involve music and dance.

Gabriela playing timpani.
Photo: Gina Snooks ©