Alexander Technique

 

 

Alexander Technique, performance coaching, and movement classes are offered one-on-one.  Lessons are tailored to meet your specific needs.  We will address structural understanding, fundamental movement patterns, and real-life application.  Lessons are 45-60min.  My unique integration of the Alexander Technique with other therapeutic and movement modalities can benefit the following areas:

  • improved overall sense of health and wellbeing
  • balance and coordination
  • reducing anxiety, pain, and fatigue
  • understanding structural design in order to address postural questions
  • breathing coordination and vocal production
  • accepting and embracing your whole self
  • improving performance in music, dance, athletics, and daily life
  • understanding performance anxiety (could also include fears and phobias)
 

Voice

 

 

Private voice lessons are offered at 30min, 45min, and 60min durations.  All ages and levels of experience welcome!  

  • audition preparation
  • RCM exam preparation
  • sight reading, ear training, and general musicianship
  • various musical styles: classical, musical theatre, pop, folk, etc.
  • improve vocal range and stamina
  • increase breath capacity
  • music theory
  • experience singing with joy and freedom!
 

Online

 

 

Online Alexander Technique movement sessions available.  This option works well for students who have done some Alexander work already, and wish to continue their self-study with some guidance from time to time.  It's also a wonderful way to keep the work alive in your mind and body if you know you'll be away from private lessons for a while (i.e.: university students going home for the summer, professional artists on tour, etc.).  There are many platforms which facilitate this online study:

  • FaceTime
  • Skype
  • Google Hangouts
  • Facebook Messenger

If you don't feel tech-savvy, don't worry!  I can help you find the best option for your needs.  Let me know if online Alexander Technique movement sessions interest you!

 

Group Classes and Intensives

 

 

Group classes can be a great way to encounter and explore movement principles by immersing yourself in the work, observing others, and sharing feedback.  Unlike private lessons which usually run on a weekly basis over a long period of time, you can gather a group of like-minded people together to do 4-6 group classes over a month, for example.  Or select a weekend and do 2-3 days of longer sessions.  Typically, the organizer (student) finds a space and I come to you.  You may choose to have a "house party movement class" in someone's living room, or use a more formal space such as a school or church basement.  

The possibilities are really endless.  We can be creative in structuring something that best suits your needs.  Contact me for more information if this option interests you.

 

Workshops

 

 

A workshop is a great way to introduce awareness and movement exploration to your organisation.  In a 1.5-2hr workshop, we cover some basics about structural design and anatomy, explore some foundational movements, and start to apply our observations and discoveries to a particular specialized activity (i.e.: singing, desk work, etc.).  I have offered Alexander Technique and movement workshops in many different scenarios, to many different types of groups with a wide variety of needs.  The goal is always the same: to help people to connect to what is, and to provide them the tools to keep practicing self-care, autonomy, and free and joyful living.  Here are some examples of the work I've been doing with groups:

  • choir rehearsals: addressing breathing and sound production, movement for singers, holding folders, singing while seated, personal responsibility for connecting to text and communicating emotion and story
  • post-secondary voice/music/dance faculty: students and faculty invited to explore movement sequences to better understand structural and functional anatomy (not just breathing/vocal mechanisms); experiencing "wholeness" in movement, exploring balance and support in various movements and then applying observations to specialized activity
  • Ontario College of Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA): music teachers learning to address postural and technical issues in themselves and in their students through increased awareness of structure, intention, and how we learn
  • high school performing arts groups: students learn how the mind-body system is designed to function freely, and what may be interfering with their performance; physical/vocal warmups also addressed and "assigned"
  • post-secondary summer intensives (classical voice, musical theatre, acting): introductory workshops and daily movement classes (group and/or individual) to help participants to understand structural design and develop movements and approaches to specialized activities that work with human design and coordination
  • worship team vocal coaching: combining Alexander Technique and movement principles with body mapping and basic functional breathing/vocal anatomy; addressing singing foundations such as breathing, vocal tone, intonation, harmonization, vocal range, etc.