Co-Heads of Training: Eleanor Ribeaux (Patrick Macdonald 1968) and Peter Ribeaux (Patrick Macdonald 1965)
Telephone: 020 7731 6348 Enquiries: 12.45 to 20.00
Sound basis of Alexander lessons, a course of lessons with the Head of Training.
The practical curriculum (over 80% of the course) involves a continuing, cumulative programme covering three basic themes, each of which is developed progressively throughout the course:
1 The improvement of the student's own self-awareness and use
2 The study of specific procedures devised by Alexander and others
3 The application of the student's improved use of the self in relation to teaching others
All of these involve the understanding of at least the following of Alexander's basic concepts:
Recognition of wrong habits of use
Unreliable sensory appreciation
The processes of inhibition and direction
The primary control
The precise work carried out by each student is determined by their own particular personal development. However, there is always a general progression along the following lines:
Year 1: consists largely of personal experiential work on self-awareness and improving the student's own use of themselves on a daily basis. In addition there is a study/discussion of FM Alexander's books and other authors, as well as anatomy, physiology and related topics.
Year 2: continues the curriculum of the first year together with, in addition, work with other students and visitors with guidance from teachers and senior students.
Year 3 continues the curriculum of previous years, as well as the possibility of giving lessons to selected pupils under supervision.