Tutor in Alexander Technique
BA, ARCM, MSTAT
Studied viola at the RCM with Bernard Shore and playded professonally for 16 years (Festival Ballet, Iceland Symphony Orcherstra, Scottish National Orchestra, etc.) before taking up teaching full time. Trained as a teacher of the Alexander Techique with Walter Carrington. Started teaching at the RNCM 1985. Chairman of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique 1995-96 and editor of its newsletter for 12 years. Since 2001, Head of Training at the Manchester Alexander Technique Training School which offers a full-time, three year training for Alexander teachers. Member of the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain (1984).
His role involves:
- Teaching the principles of ‘good use’; how to use ourselves efficiently when performing or in everyday life
- Teaching students how to change unhelpful habits and to adapt for advantage and success
- Teaching an approach to learning, i.e the Alexander Technique, that develops awareness, presence 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) 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.