No matter how many lessons you have had and how much you have already worked on applying the Alexander Technique in your life, the first year of your course will involve great change. You will spend most of the first year continuing and deepening your work on yourself, with the help of our faculty and the more experienced trainees on the course. You will be immersed in this work in the class for 14 hours each week, and you may become tired and need extra rest outside of class. You will receive a lot of hands-on work, discuss readings, learn some basic anatomy, and participate in fun and stimulating group activities. You will also be learning to stop reactions of tension in many different movements and situations.
You will have a weekly private lesson with faculty.
Near the end of your first year, depending on readiness, you will most likely begin learning hands-on work, beginning with table work.
In your second year, you will continue with many of the same activities, but now you will be much more familiar and comfortable with using the principles in your own movements and reactions. Your understanding of the principles, and your ability to communicate them will continue to deepen. It is likely you will be able to make more sense of what you are observing in yourself and others.
You will have a bi-weekly private lesson with faculty.
You will continue learning how to work hands on with others, as you progress through table work, and begin working with people in movement, such as standing, sitting and walking. You will receive hands-on lessons from the faculty in these skills, and you will also practice with other trainees. This is an exciting time, and it is likely that when you are not receiving work yourself, you will want to be practicing your new skills as much as possible during class.
In your third year, you will get familiar with teaching all of the procedures, and you will be communicating with students verbally as well as hands-on. You will do some practice teaching with beginning students. You will also practice giving presentations about the Alexander Technique and teaching groups. You will do a project that will help you start to build a practice after you graduate.
You will receive a lesson every third week with faculty.
There is a 5:1 student-teacher ratio, and everyone receives individual hands-on work every day.
You are responsible for making the most of your class time. This means that when you are not having hands-on work you are practicing and/or observing. Sometimes you will lie down in semi-supine (active rest) to allow the work you have received to settle into your system. Outside of class you will do weekly readings to prepare for book discussion and anatomy class, you will complete two book summaries of supplemental books each year, you will occasionally prepare for and give a short presentation, and you will also observe the faculty in private or group teaching (outside of class time).
Special class topics include business (building and maintaining a practice), anatomy, working in activity, presentations, special areas of interest, teaching groups and more.
Typical daily schedule
- individual hands-on work with faculty
- self-directed practice (practicing various movements and procedures, working hands-on with other trainees, observing faculty at work, reading from the library)
- discussing topics that come up in class
- Group classes (anatomy, presentations, business, AT applied to activities, observing a first lesson taught by faculty, etc.)
- Group activities (learning or deepening work on a procedure, using the principles in an activity, breath and voice work, games to work on self observation and “thinking in activity”, activities involving observation with partners, etc.)
- Group activities and classes often include individual hands-on work
- Discussions of relevant books, articles or topics