Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Physical Awareness 1 (Instrument)11975/3300/2425/1/28
Study guide

Physical Awareness 1 (Instrument)

Academic year 2024-25
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, programme stage 1
    • Compostion
    • Instrumental / Vocal Studies
  • Preparatory Programme Music & Performing Arts
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
It is not possible to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Thielemans Magda
Other teaching staff: Vanhove Stijn
Languages: Dutch
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2024 ()
Re-sit exam: not possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 90,00 hours

Short description

In physical awareness, students explore ways to prepare themselves for a sustainable career. The body is the instrument, not only physically but also artistically.

Physical Awareness consists of two different modules: Condition and Resilient Artists.

Conditioning = 30h, students work under the guidance of a physiotherapist to strengthen their own bodies.

Resilient Artists = 12h and includes a more theoretical part and a practical application-oriented part psycho-education to strengthen mental resilience.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

1.1 The student masters the representative repertoire for his or her discipline.
The student gains insight into coping strategies to strengthen their own mental resilience
2.2 The student makes progress through independent study.
The student acquires the discipline to train his or her posture and fitness.
2.4 The student masters the correct playing techniques and postures.
The student develops good study hygiene and basic general fitness.
The student develops a consciousness of posture and movement with and without his or her instrument. He or she experiences the sound difference produced by a good or less good posture.
The student demonstrates a basic knowledge of the skeleton, the most important muscle groups and breathing, and the ergonomics of the standing and sitting positions.
The student acquires control over his or her breathing.
The student acquires understanding of relaxation techniques.
The student can engage the correct musical posture and knows what is required to maintain this.
The student is aware of the importance of good physical and mental fitness for building a sustainable career.

Course content

The student is aware of the importance of good physical and mental fitness in building a sustainable career.
The student gains insight and control over:

 his/her own mental resilience and possible coping strategies
 one's own posture and movement
 different movements one can use to warm oneself up before studying 
 different techniques to relax during and after studying
 is aware of the importance of good fitness and posture
 is aware of the importance of mental self-care
 strives for good basic fitness, stamina, strength and flexibility
 strives for a good study-life balance

Study material (text): Mandatory

Comfortable sportswear, good running shoes

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis42,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours48,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeSkills assessment permanently during class weeks (Permanent evaluation)100,00

Evaluation (text)

The student is continuously assessed on motivation, skills, attitude and evolution during the lessons. Class attendance is compulsory; unauthorised absences are therefore deducted from the final result.