Hands-on Skills & Teaching Procedures
This main aspect of the Alexander training program will focus on progressively developing hands-on skills in relation to a student. It will also develop specific teaching procedures used for table work and chair work given during private lessons.
One or two procedures or activities will be worked on each week, focusing on both the performing of that activity, individually, and teaching that activity to students. We will focus on the main Alexander procedures: monkey, lunge, hands-on-the-back-of-chair, rising to toes, and whispered Ah. We will also touch on other activities we might work on with students within a lesson, such as walking, turning, breathing, or vocalizing.
Trainees will be guided by the director and assistants through novel movements or activities. Trainees will not be learning to teach these activities; they are purely experiential. We will use a wide range of movements that involve using the body in a range of body positions, and speeds, always focusing on the application of the Alexander technique to novel circumstances.
Use of the Self (1932)
Man’s Supreme Inheritance (1910)
Conscious Control (1912)
Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual (1923)
The Universal Constant in Living (1941)
Articles and Lectures (1894-1950)
Articles, Lectures & Videos
This part of the curriculum will include discussions of basic principles, guidance for new teachers, and trainee research projects. We will use discussions of articles, lectures, and videos to explore a range of topics relevant to the Alexander technique.
Anatomy & Science Lecture
The science curriculum will involve reading and lectures on basic anatomy, anatomy of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, functional anatomy, research on the Alexander technique, motor control, and motor learning.
Applying the Alexander Technique to Activities
We will occasionally work on applying the Alexander Technique to skilled activities, such as playing music, swimming, doing yoga, surfing, or acting. We will also work on how to work with private students on applying the Alexander Technique to their own activities.
Curriculum Details for Current Term
Current trainees, assistants, and visitors can access reading assignment details and links using the button below. Please contact Molly for the password.