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
Classes will meet during summer months on Tuesday late afternoon, from 4:30 to 5:30. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we are putting this class on hold for Summer 2020. AT is a very exacting science that requires close hands-on supervision. If you are interested for school year coaching, as the situation allows, feel free to let us know.
Both of our summer classes are appropriate for Jr High and High School aged students.
To register, click below and you will be directed to a web-based registration form. If planning to pay with credit card, when you click submit, you will be redirected to the online payment portal. If you prefer to mail in check for payment, please note that we process your registration when payment is received.Web Reg Form for AT
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.
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:
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:
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.