Curriculum: We offer a well rounded program to prepare our students to teach in a variety of situation. Our graduate go on to run their own private practice as well as teaching in music colleges, Singing and music schools, private schools and adult education. Our work is based on Carolyn’s Masters work on the skill of using the hands as an Alexander Teacher, and is constantly developed and evolved. We have an organised timetable of practical tuition comprising individual work, hands-on groups (appropriate to trainees' level), directed activities and lectures. Throughout the three years there is on-going study of FM’s writings and other writing on the Technique, plus study of basic anatomy and physiology, and the concepts underlying the Technique. We provide a yearly workbook outlining the aims and objectives for each year.
The pattern of progress over the three years is roughly as follows:
Year 1: Improve own self-awareness and use. Begin step-by-step graduated programme of learning to use hands.
Year 2: Build on foundation of first year to develop manual skills and physical procedures. We anticipate that by the end of the second year a trainee will be competent in practising hands-on skills with a fellow student.
Year 3: Orientation towards becoming a teacher. Practicalities; exercises to develop verbal and written fluency in lesson situations, introductory talks and workshops, promotional literature etc. Supervised practice on members of the public. After graduation students can attend weekly free of charge for the following term.
We also offer postgraduate training, which can be arranged on an individual basis according to need and circumstances. Postgraduates participate fully in the timetable and study periods can vary from a week to a year or more.
The College offers a professional and supportive atmosphere and allows individuals to learn and grow at their own pace. The main focus of improving your own use is the foundation for all future work and teaching. We embrace all aspects of communication skills and the timetable includes study in how to explain the Technique, give a workshop, run a small group. We also extend creativity and have even produced our own cookbook.