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The Alexander Technique focuses on the unconscious, habitual ways in which we use ourselves - our patterns of posture, our movement and our responses as musicians to stress and pressure. Study of F. M. Alexander’s discoveries teaches us to have greater conscious control over these aspects of ourselves.
Students perform in this class and participate in various individual and group activities providing a practical context to learn the basic concepts and procedures involved in the Alexander Technique. Students will also study some of F. M. Alexander’s own writing on his technique in addition to other reading.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed an understanding of the basic principals and procedures developed by F. M. Alexander;
- understand how and why F. M. Alexander developed his technique and how it relates to them as performers;
- understand the Alexander Technique’s role in reducing both physical pain and dysfunction and performance anxiety;
- understand how Alexander Technique can be used to develop and refine a wide range of skills, including instrumental technique,
- have developed the foundation on which to build their further understanding of their own patterns of response and those of their colleagues and students through improved observational skills.
On completion of this subject, students should have developed:
- greater self-awareness and the beginnings of a more accurate kinaesthetic sense;
- demonstrate skills in cooperation and communication;
- demonstrate the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection; and
- enhanced observational skills.
Last updated: 18 December 2020