Dispokinesis (Dianne Bolte)

Module code
Curricular domain
Profile, extension and depth: Community
Group size
Number of course weeks
4 to 8 weeks
Class duration
30 minutes (8 weeks) or 60 minutes (4 weeks)
Total contact hours
Study load
24 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to Bachelor program.
See Competencies Matrix.
Developing awareness of playing posture and technique, using your optimal play form.
Relation to other modules
Related to all main subject modules, Alexander technique and Mensendieck.
The purpose in these lessons is to find your optimal playing form with your instrument!

How can I become one with my instrument?
Freedom in making music (= the ability to convert what you hear internally into actual sound) can only be achieved, when there is no obstacle on the part of the musician’s body. If there is, however, it’s possible that you develop complaints like tiredness, tensions, pain and other playing disorders. Very often such complaints are the consequence of an inadequate posture and may affect your technical ability. That was what happened to me during my piano studies at the conservatory. For two years, I struggled with playing disorders. Dispokinesis helped me solve them.

The word is derived from the Latin “disponere” which means “to have free disposal of” and the Greek “kinesis” which means “movement”.
Dispokinesis: the ability to freely dispose of posture and movement.

I’m feeling one with my instrument!

At the heart of Dispokinesis lie a series of exercises that may enable you to find your own personal disposition, your optimal posture and playing technique. These simple exercises are based on the natural development of posture and movement. They were developed by the musician and physiotherapist G.O. van de Klashorst, after years of research and analysis. What he discovered, is fascinating. Impressed by the effects of these exercises on the musician, I decided to be educated as a Dispokinesis teacher after my conservatory study.

For more than twenty years now, I have been working with professional musicians suffering from playing disorders. I am strongly committed to the prevention and treatment of playing disorders in musicians. Dispokinesis lessons are purposive, efficient and involve both, musician ànd musical instrument. An introductory class enables you to get a first impression of what Dispokinesis has to offer. This lesson is important for every musician.

Don’t forget to bring your instrument, if possible.

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Dianne Bolte, Dispokinesis teacher, piano teacher.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual training sessions.
Material & Tools
You and your instrument!
Student activity
Homework assignment.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the instructor at the end of the module.
Minimum class attendance of 80% is compulsory and an explicit pass criterion.
Pass requirements
The student has completed this module if he is graded "satisfactory".
Examination procedure
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

Exercises for optimal musical posture and playing technique.