Alexander Technique Workshops


What is Alexander Technique?

Alexander Technique can help musicians reach higher levels of proficiency.  Musicians, both amateurs and professionals, use AT as a way to discover and re-train tension while playing an instrument or singing.  Tension, sometimes felt as stress, is one of the primary causes of injury among musicians.  Freeing oneself of physical tension can greatly enhance enjoyment while practicing and performing, and help musicians progress more rapidly.

Choose Session I and/or Session II

  • Our Session I classes provide skills for making practice time more efficient and effective.
  • During Session II, we’ll focus on skills that can help you become more confident when on stage.

Ages

Alexander Technique Summer Workshops are available for students entering or enrolled in

  • Middle School and
  • High School.

Schedules – In-Person Only 2021 Under Review

We’ll be confirming if this class is being offered for Summer 2021 later this spring.  We’re currently reviewing vaccination schedules for our teacher, and whether in-person, small group classes with safety measures in place might be possible.

If 2021 is possible:

Classes will meet during summer months on Tuesday late afternoon, from 4:30 to 5:30.  AT is a very exacting science that requires close hands-on supervision.  This class is not offered remotely; but is under review for in-person.

Both of our summer classes are appropriate for Jr High and High School aged students.

  • Session I:  Tuesdays,  7/13, 7/20, 7/27
  • Session II:  Tuesdays, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17

Tuition & Registration for Summer Alexander Technique

Choose:

  • Either session:  $78
  • Both sessions:  $140

Registration is currently on hold while we review status of this class for 2021.


More About These Workshops

Pre-Requisites for Either Class

Note:  If this class is scheduled for 2021, we’ll likely add some pre-requisite information related to covid-19 health and safety.

We suggest you have at least one year of experience playing an instrument.  You can be any level.  This is because we’ll focus on each student’s expanded awareness, not on musical proficiency.  We welcome a variety of ages and levels.  This variety helps each member of the group process their learning from different vantage points.

More about Session I: Practice Skills with Alexander Technique

Curtis Smith, teacher and certified Alexander Technique instructor, will guide you in understanding how AT works and provide useful exercises and coaching to apply to your practice routines.  We’ll find time to laugh and share what its like to be ‘In The Zone’.

By the end of the week, you’ll have learned:

  • New skills for greater awareness and enjoyment of the sensory experience of playing your instrument (or singing);
  • a fresh approach to managing the physical aspects of making music in a more natural, effortless manner;
    and, going forward, you’ll also have developed
  • a new mind set and focus during practice time, what professionals often refer to as “being in the zone”.

More About Session II: Performance Skills

This class is similar to Session I, except we will focus on skills specifically valuable during performance.  We’ll explore the physical awareness that is tied to Alexander Technique, while also practicing specific skills for managing ourselves on stage.

By the end of the week, you will:

  • Have skills in pocket to make your performance more professional
  • Understand how to create a ‘polished performance’
  • Have a set of strategies that will help you recover, in the moment, when mistakes happen on-stage
  • Feel more confident
  • Have new awareness for how to focus and how to approach the physical aspects of performance with greater coordination.

About Alexander Technique and Our Instructor

Alexander Technique is an educational process used around the world, in particular with musicians. The process guides the student in retraining habitual patterns of stress or inefficiency related to movement and posture.    The approach emphasizes awareness strategies applied to mindful action.   Teachers often begin with working on basic postures related to sitting and walking.  AT is used frequently among musicians, both amateurs and professionals, as a way to discover and re-train tension while playing an instrument or singing.

You can learn more about Alexander Technique at www.alexandertechnique.com

Faculty member Curtis Smith taught Alexander Technique classes to middle and high school students for five years in Tallahasse, FL.  He also provides private lesson coaching for school-aged and adult students.   Curtis completed a three year certification training course with the Alexander Technique School New England, based in Amherst, in 2010.