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This subject empowers students to make conscious changes to unconscious patterns of physical tension caused by stress, everyday life events and performance habits that are unhelpful to them and to their artistic practice as singers, actors, musicians and dancers. Alexander Technique was developed to promote freedom and ease in movement and can provide relief of pain, playing an important role in injury rehabilitation and prevention as new, more effective patterns of movement are learned and integrated into daily life and arts practice. Fundamental to alignment and balance, Alexander Technique has long been recognised for its benefits to actors, singers, musicians and dancers, preventing injury and developing physical, emotional and vocal freedom. Students will participate in various individual and group activities providing a practical context to learn the basic concepts and applied procedures involved in the Alexander Technique. The fundamental skills and understanding developed through this subject will be able to be applied by the student in daily life and in their artistic practice as performers. This unit introduces the skills and knowledge required to improve postural support, balance, movement and breathing in daily life and function. This will develop awareness of habitual patterns of tension and provide foundation embodied knowledge that can be further developed in the Level 2 subject, Alexander Technique for Performance. The practical work will be supported by reading materials that expound the theory, its history and procedures.
Intended learning outcomes
- Develop an understanding of the basic principles and procedures developed by F. M. Alexander;
- develop understanding of the Alexander Technique's role in reducing both physical pain and dysfunction, in daily life and in habits acquired in performance practice;
- develop the foundation on which to build students' further understanding of their own patterns of response and those of their colleagues and students through improved observational skills;
- develop understanding of self-application of Alexander Technique principles to facilitate more efficient patterns of movement in everyday life and as a foundation to all performance practice.
On completion of the subject students will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the theory and procedures of Alexander technique;
- demonstrate a working understanding of the fundamental principles of Alexander technique;
- make effective physical adjustments when directed to alleviate tension and enable ease of movement in simple physical tasks;
- demonstrate a developing awareness and analysis of patterns of tension that arise in their work as performers and make physical adjustments when directed to alleviate these.
Last updated: 29 October 2019