Study of Alexander’s writing, relevant basic anatomy and physiology form an essential part of the training.
Study of Alexander’s core principles such as Use, Inhibition, Direction, Primary Control, unreliable sensory appreciation, end-gaining, doing and non-doing.
The time will be divided between hands-on teaching to individual trainees and small groups, theory through lectures and demonstrations and procedures to put theoretical understanding into practical experience, consistent with an increased progression over the three years of training:
Year 1: Application and incorporation of core principles into own use. Guided teaching of own use in the classic Alexander procedures of chair work, ‘monkey’ position, lunge, and hands on the back of a chair.
Year 2: Attending to own use whilst being instructed in hands-on work with other trainee through supervised pair and small group sessions.
Year 3: Refinement of the delicate hands-on skills in teaching through continued supervised practice. Development of ability to convey understanding of core principles to the pupil, both manually and verbally, leading to the ability of the trainee to effect a change in the use of a pupil. Training on how to build up and run a practice, the importance of professionalism and ethics by being part of STAT and continued professional development and training. Trainees will have opportunities for teaching members of the public (individual and introductory groups), including assisting teaching at the City Lit adult education college.
The curriculum is based on the guidelines of the STAT College of Teachers accredited course. In addition to STAT Certification, trainees can if interested, gain College of Teachers accreditation by fulfilling the essay requirements.
There will be work with movement, voice, breathing, presentational skills, and applying the Technique to areas such as playing musical instruments, running, swimming, horse riding, dancing, singing and other activities. Where appropriate we will also make use of information learning technologies.
The three-year training will provide trainees with all the information, support, mentoring and practical experience necessary to be able to deliver high quality Alexander Technique teaching. The school will have regular and visiting teachers with an international outlook and experience in a wide range of professional and creative fields contributing to the depth and quality of the training.
All trainees will have individual lessons outside the course hours as part of the training. We will hold regular one-to-one tutorials for the trainees as well as whole school meetings to discuss the school set-up and concerns they have.