Alexander Technique Tutor
BA, ARCM, MSTAT
Studied viola at the RCM with Bernard Shore and played professonally for 16 years (Festival Ballet, Iceland Symphony Orcherstra, Scottish National Orchestra, etc.) before teaching full time. Trained as a teacher of the Alexander Techique with Walter Carrington. Started teaching at the RNCM September 1985. Chairman of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique 1995-96 and editor of its newsletter for 12 years. 2001-2016, Head of Training at the Manchester Alexander Technique Training School which provided full-time, three year training for Alexander teachers. Member of the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain (1984).
His role involves:
- Teaching how to develop reliable habits by applying AT principles; how to practise and perform efficiently with awareness, presence and spontaneity
- Teaching students how to change harmful habits and to adapt for advantage and success
- Teaching an approach to learning, i.e the Alexander Technique, that develops control and well-founded confidence. “If we really know what we are doing (and not what we say or think we are doing) we can better do what we want.” (Shusterman 2000:168)
- For more information, see Handbook (RNCM 2012 updated) under Student Support and Alexander Technique.
- Teaching the Alexander Technique to RNCM students and members of the general public.
- Training teachers of the Alexander Technique.
- Running continuing professional development programmes for Alexander teachers.
- Writing on the Alexander Technique and related issues.
- Researching the teaching of Sheila Barlow (RMCM & RNCM) and her teacher James Bernard (RMCM) with view to publishing.