Brighton Alexander Technique College (BATC)

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Country: 
United Kingdom
Region: 
East Sussex
Staff: 

Head of Training: Carolyn Nicholls BA (Hons), MA, MA, MSTAT (Carrington 1982)
Assisted by: Francesca Aldridge (Nicholls 2008), Janet Jacobs (Nicholls 2010) Additional Teachers Rupert Ritchie (Carrington 1980), Teresa Carter Johnston (Nicholls 2012)
Moderator: Ron Colyer

Teacher Training Address: 
Cornerstone Community Center, Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FL
Contact Details: 

Correspondence to: 87 Woodbourne Avenue, Brighton BN1 8EJ
Telephone: 01273 278523
Email: carolyn.nicholls@me.com

Weekly Hours: 
09.00 to 13.30 Monday to Thursday
Course Fees: 
Fees: £1680 per term (£5040 per year)
Year Founded: 
1990
Graduates: 
60
Current Trainees: 
11
Curriculum: 

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.

Additional notes: 

Career Development Loans available.
Registered UK Learning Provider.

Cornerstone Community Centre is near The Floral Clock (Palmeria Square) in Hove. Our nearest train station is Hove station, we are close to cafes, parks and local shops, and the sea. Bus links to Brighton centre and rail links to London and South East.

Application process: Contact the Head of Training. We like you to spend some time with us if possible.

Successful graduates receive the college certificate of graduation and can apply to become teaching members of STAT.

UK/World?: 
UK

In lessons I discovered very quickly the benefits to my persistent back pain following a nasty whiplash. I had heard that the Alexander technique can improve discomfort and pain greatly by retraining one's posture, but from the first lesson I discovered that there was also a lot of mental training that has been of huge benefit in the way I have viewed life since.

Graham Smith
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