- Thank you to Pedro de Alcantara for writing the following article on the Alexander Technique. For more on Pedro please see the bottom of the page.
In a nutshell, the Alexander Technique is a tool for establishing connections: connections among different body parts, connections between body and mind, connections with the physical world (including your instrument), connections with music itself and with your audience. Developed by Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955), the Technique is taught all over the world to musicians and non-musicians alike. A good number of music colleges and conservatories offer lessons and classes in Alexander Technique, including (among many others) the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Juilliard School in New York, and the Conservatoire de Paris.
There is a rich bibliography of books and articles on the application of the Alexander Technique to music making. Below is a sample.
- The Alexander Technique for Musicians, by Judith Kleinman and Peter Buckoke. Click here to buy.
- Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique, by Pedro de Alcantara. Click here to buy.
- A web page that curates pertinent websites and articles. Click here to open.
- A series of video clips on YouTube titled “7-Minute Alexander” and showing seven-minute edited versions of 70-minute lessons in the Alexander Technique. Click here to view.
- Interested in finding out more? Contact the London-based Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), http://www.stat.org.uk/. From its main page you can access a list of certified teachers in the UK.
Pedro de Alcantara
Pedro de Alcantara is a classically trained cellist who has added improvisation, composition, and singing to his musical palette. Listen to his music on SoundCloud: Click here to listen
To visit Pedro's website, click here.
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